Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

African Mask Bulbs Can Be Repotted

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

African Mask Bulbs Can Be Repotted

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Q * I separated two African Mask plants and found six pea-size bulbs in the soil. Should I let them dry then plant them in small pots?

A * Alocasia x amazonica 'African Mask' bulbils that are that small would be vulnerable to desiccation if left uncovered and exposed to drying air for lengthy periods. On the other hand, they are dormant and likely to remain so until summerlike growing conditions are provided. If it were me, I'd pot them communally in a small container (3 inches to 4 inches) of well-drained soil. That will solve the desiccation issue. Water thoroughly once, then sparingly only after the soil has become quite dry. If you keep the soil too wet while the bulbils are dormant, they may rot. Continue this treatment until new shoots begin to grow in late winter or spring. …

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