Alocasia is a genus of broad-leaved rhizomatous or tuberous perennials from the family Araceae. There are 79 species native to tropical and subtropical Asia and Eastern Australia and widely cultivated elsewhere.
I have always been intrigued by the large showy leaves that many of these varieties possess. I have been an admirer of this species since the first time I viewed an Alocasia Thai Giant many years ago. When I came on board with Amerigo Farms, I was delighted to see the number of different and unusual species they were offering.
Back in January of this year, I began toying at home with a few varieties. I was surprised to see how quickly they grew and how impressive they became in what I consider a short amount of time. The pics in this blog show my Alocasia ‘Dark Star’ as it is today. Potted in a 30” container and surrounded by beautiful caladiums, this plant is super impressive! Again, this was planted in January of this year from an Amerigo grown 6” pot. Now in August the plant is taller than I and has a spread of about 7 to 8 feet. I asked my friend Cheryl to stand in the picture so you are able to get a proportionate eye full of the splendor of this specimen. This is just one of the impressive varieties grown and offered at Amerigo Farms.
Amerigo Farms is producing multiple varieties of 6” Alocasia. Current selections include Dark Star, Regal Shields, Tiny Dancers, Serendipity, Frydek, Ebony, Morocco, Low Rider and more. If you haven’t had your chance to grow and appreciate this awesome species, Amerigo will be happy to put an assortment together for you to purchase. Alocasia’s make great container specimens and can thrive quite well If planted in the ground.
Have you tried one of these at your home? Hopefully, this might inspire someone to give these a shot and they too can see the impressiveness of these plants for themselves.