Posts Tagged ‘Colocasia ‘Pink China’’

Looking Back Part I

3 May, 2011 1 comment

All it has been doing here in Kentucky is raining. While the sun continues to come out and play every other day or so, it has mainly stayed away. We also are having some cooler than normal temps so the plants are growing, but a bit slower than normal. That is okay though. I found on my digital camera pictures from September to November of last year I forgot about. I just started using my cameras phone instead. So, we will be taking a look back at last year’s peak growth of the tropicals over the next few post’s.

20 September, 2010

 Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’



Pink Oleander


27 September, 2010

Colocasia ‘Big Dipper’ Bloom


Canna-Forgot The Name


14 October, 2010


Mexican Petunia(Ruellia)


 Acidanthera Bloom

Purple Hyacinth Bean


Colocasia ‘Unknown’


Castor Bean Really Grew

Part II will be up at a later date. I hope you enjoyed. I know I did just looking at them and can’t wait for them to grow back to this size. As I speak though a hevay cold rain is falling with our temps at 46f during the day on the 3rd day of May. Crazy!


Colocasia ‘Pink China’

22 March, 2011 2 comments

Colocasia ‘Pink China’ is one of the hardiest elephant ears around. It is reportedly hardy to zone 6 and possibly zone 5. My ‘Pink China’ has only been through 1 winter and had only seen winter temperatures down to 2f, which is a low zone 7.

My Colocasia ‘Pink China’ grew to about 4-5ft, but can grow larger. Out of all the Colocasias that I grow, both hardy and non-hardy, ‘Pink China’ is the thirstiest. It seems to need water daily if temperatures are in the upper-80’s or hotter, but can make it every other day with lower temperatures. The stems that hold the leaves up is where this Colocasia gets its name from; the stem are pink. The stems are more pink depending on how much sunlight the plant gets. I have also noticed that this Colocasia likes to run with both below and above ground runners. I have it against a fence and it even began growing into the neighbours yard last summer.


Colocasia ‘Pink China’ 2010 Overview


‘Pink China’ 04 October, 2010


Colocasia ‘Pink China’ tubers 21 March, 2011

Winter Temperature Minimum

2010-2011: 2f

Growing Season

2010: April-07 November

2011: 29 April-




33 Degrees Of Damage

22 October, 2010 Leave a comment

This morning we hit the coldest temp at my house of the season. We hit 33f and had frost. I am not sure how hard of a frost we had but most of the older and top leaves of all my Elephant Ears did not recieve damage. The Musa Basjoo doesn’t look too bad. The outer leaves away from the house turned a dark green and I think the brown on the leaves are where the wind has been so bad from cold fronts that it shreds them. All of these pictures were taken around 2pm.

The Musa Basjoo

Colocasia ‘Black Pearl’

Unknown Colocasia

A Colocasia ‘Big Dipper’ Leaf

A Colcoasia ‘Pink China’ Leaf

Colocasia ‘Pink China’

Now we are suppose to get back into the 70’s for the weekend with some rain and humidity. Looking good. I do want some snow though and I guess this makes us a step closer.


Mid-September Tropicals

19 September, 2010 Leave a comment

It is hard to believe that it is already mid-September. I thought it was time to show you a few pictures of the are. One picture is particular is of the Colocasia ‘Pink China’. It shows how it acts after just about 2 days with no water and temperatures in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s. While no other Colcoasia does this or needs near the amount of water as ‘Pink China’.

Colocasia ‘Pink China’ after two days with no water and it not being too hot. A very thirsty plant.

The Castor Bean has the Hyacinth Bean growing up one part of it. It adds a little colour to the Castor Bean.

You can see how large the Castor Bean has gotten. It just continues to grow and grow and grow which is just fine with me. I wonder how big it will get before the first frost.

It looks like we are going to be above normal until at least November and dry as well. We are already about 10 degrees above normal for highs and next week we will start approaching 15 degrees above normal for highs. I read that we could see a spring-like fall temperature wise.


End Of August Tropicals

7 September, 2010 5 comments

Here are my best growing tropicals of 2010 at the end of August. I can only imagine with a month to a month and a half of growth left how tall or large they will get.

Colocasia ‘Pink China’

Colocasia ‘Big Dipper’

The Castor Bean… When the Castor Bean gets this large the plant seems to shed some leaves every month or so, this is the first time it has shed any leaves this year.

My Musa Basjoo and Chinese Yellow Banana. The fence is 6ft tall and as you can see they are taller trunks are now taller than that and their leaves are starting to go above the gutters. There are already baby Bananas in this bunch that are as tall or taller then the two main parent plants. Awesome, I have to say. They sure make a statement from the road which is what I wanted anyway, to make a statement.

Tropical Area Growth

7 August, 2010 Leave a comment

This area has an Unknown Colocasia, Colocasia ‘Pink China’, Colocasia ‘Big Dipper, Colocasia ‘Illustris’, Colocasia ‘Black Magic?’, Canna ‘Tropicana’, a variegated Canna, Castor Bean, Hyacinth Bean Vine, orange Sunflowers and a Sunflower ‘Mammoth’. There is also a lot of other stuff that you cannot see but it is in there.


The Elephant Ear’s

29 June, 2010 1 comment

Most of my colocasia’s survived the winter in a pot in my garage which never dropped below 40f. I did lose one Alocasia and my ‘Illustris’ and an unknown colocasia to rot. The surviving plants are ‘Pink China’, ‘Big Dipper’, ‘Black Pearl’ and another unknown colocasia that I purchased off of Ebay last year. I seems that these plants are growing much better and larger here in Kentucky. I think  it has to do with the ground holding more water then the sandy Florida soil. I know I can’t take credit for watering any of these plants because I have done it once this summer. All the other watering has been from rain and that hasn’t been too regular.

This is my ‘Black Pearl’. This plant didn’t have too long to grow in Florida before cooler weather came and I dug it up to put it in a pot for the move to Kentucky. It has been producing huge leaves and is sending out quite a few runners. One runner has reached about two feet and is into the grass. I really like the dark mark at the center of the leaf and along the green leaves. I had no idea that this plant sent out runners.

In front of it is a Crepe Myrtle that was just a one branch seedling that is close to blooming.

The ‘Pink China’ colocasia is probably my favorite. I love the way it bunches up together and the pink stems. It is reported hardy to zone 6 and possible zone 5. It too has started to send out runners away from the main plant. I had no idea that this colcoasia would send out any runner at all either.

Colocasia ‘Pink China’

The odd thing about my ‘Pink China’ and possibly all of them is the fact that it keeps producing variegated leaves every couple of leaves. I am going to watch and see because I believe it is just on of the plants, the original, that is doing this.

Here is another view of the ‘Pink China’. The two rocks I have them set part underground because the rain was washing the mulch because it is kinda a slope from the front yard through to the backyard. I think it looks good against the plant.

The next Colocasia is the ‘Big Dipper’ that has just started to hold water in it’s leaves. It is doing well and I actually have it in two other areas because I thought they were the other colocasia’s that rotted. It too has surprised me by sending out runners.

Here is the ‘Big Dipper’ and you can see all of the babies.

The final Colocasia is the unknown one that I bought from a person on Ebay last summer. I have always like it and it is different looking. The stems are held high and the leaves are kind tilted. It is producing babies but as so far not produced any runners. This and the regular green colocasia are the only two that performed well in Florida last summer.

I will have to try and get a better picture of how it holds it’s leaves.

I feel really good about the growth thus far and for the rest of the summer. I am only really missing my ‘Illustris’ and a ‘Black Magic’ and regular Colocaisa to a lesser extent but I would still love to have those two.