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  • Protecting Colocasia ‘Pink China’ to survive winter outdoors

    Posted by Craig A on April 30, 2023 at 8:52 am

    Colocasia, commonly known as elephant ears, is a tropical plant that is grown for its large, heart-shaped leaves. Colocasia ‘Pink China’ is a cultivar that has distinctive pinkish-purple stems and veins on its green leaves. It is a popular choice for gardeners looking to add a tropical touch to their outdoor spaces.

    However, as a tropical plant, colocasia can be challenging to grow outdoors in the UK climate, which is cooler and wetter than its natural habitat. Colocasia ‘Pink China’ is a particularly hardy cultivar that will die back to the ground and regrow in spring with the right care.

    To grow colocasia ‘Pink China’ successfully in the UK, it is essential to select a sheltered spot that receives plenty of sunlight, preferably in a south-facing location. The plant prefers moist, well-draining soil and benefits from regular watering during the growing season, especially during hot and dry spells.

    In the autumn, before the first frost, you can protect the plant from the cold by covering it with a layer of mulch or fleece. This acts as a thermal blanket to prevent penetrating cold reaching the root zone.

    Overall, while growing colocasia ‘Pink China’ in the UK can be challenging, it is possible with proper care and attention. It is essential to choose a sheltered spot, provide the plant with the right soil and water conditions, and protect it from the cold during the winter months.

    Craig A replied 11 months, 4 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Psychic_dog

    April 30, 2023 at 9:48 am

    Mine had a bag of mulch over them and still turned to mush. Others less protected escaped, I keep Metallica, gaoligongensis and pink china outside in Bedfordshire.

  • Craig A

    April 30, 2023 at 10:41 am

    As I say in the video, plants don’t always follow the rule book. So often it is finding the best microclimates in your garden too.

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