Each plant I offer is Hybridized and grown from tissue cultures to be a disease free exact replica of the mother plant. Plants for sale are between 5-16" tall.
For those collectors of the truly amazing, you must try this new striped elephant ear. Colocasia 'Chicago Harlequin\' was discovered by John Joicus of the Brookfield Zoo circa 1993, in a batch of normal Colocasia esculenta. The giant green leaves of C. 'Chicago Harlequin' are each blotched with large lighter green random sectors. The highlight however is the tall 5' stems which are vividly striped with cream and green vertical bands. 'Chicago Harlequin' spreads rapidly in very wet areas by means of above ground rhizomes. We recommend using Bio Spectrum organic fertilizer located in our store. Ships to the continental United States only.
How to grow Colocasia Chicago Harlequin
Colocasia soil requirements and planting instructions
Mix together the following:
- 50 percent potting soil;
- 20 percent peat moss;
- 20 percent orchid bark with charcoal;
- 10 percent shredded sphagnum moss and a handful of perlite.
Place this mixture in a pots, beds or garden and plant your Colocasia. Proper site preparation ensures years of growth and once established they will not require weed control. Soil Ph should be around 5.6-7.0.
When making a site selection keep your plant in an area that has bright indirect light, but not direct sunlight.
Water and Fertilizer
If using drip irrigation allow soil to dry slightly between waterings. Do not over water any members of the Colocasia family. Add fertilizer to this heavy feeder every three weeks during the warmer months with a one half-strength fertilizer with a balanced N-P-K ratio or 20-20-20.
Pests and Disease
Pests or diseases are few and far between. When planting to avoid crown rot, stem rot and other fungal diseases keep your Colocasia fairly dry.
Colocasia are also referred to as Giant taro, Ape plant, Elephant Ear, Ape flower, Elephant’s Ear Plant, Night-scented Lily, New Guinea Shield, and Taro. Colocasia are generally grown from side shoots vs seeds. Plants will produce large fragrant flowers. There are hundreds of varieties of Colocasia.
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