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Monday 5 April 2010 - Filed under Plants

Colocasia and Eucomis
A couple weeks ago, I went to Garden Fever to pick up some lettuce seeds. I came home all excited and with a significantly lighter wallet. They had these monster colocasia rhizomes. They’re a mystery variety, since I came home with a tag that identified the big foot long rhizome as “Elephant ear, V-shaped plant with glossy leaves” and the smaller, softball sized, rounder ones simply as “Elephant Ears.” But anything that grows from these has to be good, I have faith.
The smaller round bulb came with a more descriptive tag. Eucomis pole-evansii claims to be the largest of the pinapple lilies that grows to at least 5′ high. Yellow flowers in summer that last for 6 weeks or more. Hardy to zone 7.
I came home beaming with pride at my keen eye and fabulous pick-ups. When I showed Justin my big score, he was unimpressed. He just said, “Not everybody’s going to get it.” But you guys get it. Right?

2010-04-05  »  megan

Talkback x 8

  1. Karen
    5 April 2010 @ 8:47 am

    I get it, I get it! Those funny-looking brown blobs hold so much promise and amazing futures! I hope you get your 5′ leaves, that would be insane. I saw some red-leaved eucomis coming up in a garden last weekend, it really made me want to get some. The gardener said they’re totally hardy, he never digs them up and they always return. Hey, congrats on the lettuce too! Going to try to get over your fear of eating stuff from your garden??

  2. tina
    5 April 2010 @ 9:43 am

    I hope they turn out to be something you simply can’t live without. I like surprises very much, just not the invasive kind. I’ve received too many of them.

  3. Loree
    5 April 2010 @ 10:31 am

    Oh I get it…so much that I’ve stood right there at that same table fondling those bulbs. How exciting! Maybe you should tell Justin that he’s the one that doesn’t get it?

    I’m starting to worry about my Eucomis Oakhurst. They really should be starting to peek out of the gravel by now. I’ve been spending so much time standing out there staring looking for any sign of a dark purple leaf that I think my neighbors are starting to worry about me.

  4. ricki - sprig to twig
    5 April 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    You can count on us! Diamonds in the rough!

  5. Shala
    6 April 2010 @ 6:43 am

    I so get it! I love huge bulbs like that, you just know something big has to come of it.

  6. Patricia C, Portland, OR
    6 April 2010 @ 6:55 am

    I should go look at that bulb in the box in the basement and see if it looks anything like your “new” bulb. That would tell me something, right?

  7. Victoria
    7 April 2010 @ 6:15 am

    Oh, no problem getting it at all!

  8. Grace
    8 April 2010 @ 11:41 am

    Popcorn is cheap. You’ll eat. And be the happiest kid on the block. Be sure to show us photos, kay?