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Leucocasia gigantea (Giant Taro)

400cm, Giant Taro (syn. Colocasia gigantea) is an extremely large species from northern and central Indochina with white, slightly sweet fragrant flowers arranged in a fan and fruits which have a very nice, strong fruity pineapple fragrance at maturity. Plants are extremely fast growing, they may reach maturity from a tiny seed less the size of a sand grain to a very large flowering specimen in just six months! Throughout its distributional range the species is already very large (hence its name), however, in certain populations specimen are consistently even larger than on average. 'Thailand Giant' was originally collected in northern Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand by late Alan Galloway and Petra Schmidt and has been propagated by Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nusery, USA, and produces up to 4 m long and up to 2 m broad leaves with a nice bluish-green tinge, whereas 'Lao Giant' was found in Bolikhamxayi Province, central Laos by Bjørn Malkmus-Hussein, Spain. Leucocasia 'Lao Giant' is a worldwide new introduction from Rareplant.eu and this strain will become even slightly larger than the already huge 'Thailand Giant'. We also have one seed batch available from a plant which suddenly started to grow elsewhere in a planting bed. It is unknown whether this is an offspring from 'Thailand Giant' or 'Lao Giant' and thus we offer this batch without provenance data and at an extremely low price. Easily grown in any humus rich, well drained soil in partial shade (summer) to fulll sun (winter). In winter keep plants slightly drier at a minimum of some 15°C. Leucocasia gigantea will hardly make any offsets, thus the main propagation is via seeds. VII-X.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package ('Lao Giant')0288 € 7,99
   seed package ('Lao Giant')
('Lao Giant')
seed package ('Thailand Giant')8808 € 4,99
   seed package ('Thailand Giant')
('Thailand Giant')
seed package (20 seeds)0371 € 0,99
(without provenance data)
seed package (100 seeds)0372 € 3,99
(without provenance data)
seed package (1,000 seeds)0373 € 24,90
(without provenance data)
seed package (10,000 seeds)0478 € 89,00
(without provenance data)

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