Arums and Arroids | Volunteer Gardener

Arums and Arroids | Volunteer Gardener

June 30, 2019 11 By Kailee Schamberger



people have been growing this class of plants for a long time in containers and shady gardens it's the arrowed family errands and they're wild ones that we like jack and the pulpit is an Arum calla lilies are an era and what you're looking at is this fabulous group of Aram's this whole family that just makes terrific container plants in the summer garden these are all tropicals and they love our heat they love our humidity most of them are from Southeast Asia Polynesia the heat and then the hot just doesn't bother them at all they love our hot summer nights great plants I want to talk to you about first off caladiums now we all know caladiums and people grow the most commonly grown one is Candida which is this white with green veins wildly popular and rightfully so but I wanted to show you a couple of white forms that you might not be so familiar with that are equally worthy this one right here is called Erin the man's name and it you can see it has this big beautiful leaf it's got a really particularly nice form a very fountain you form and this one the older it gets and the longer you grow it the whiter it gets and the the veins basically disappear and the water and the leaf turns into this completely snow white beautiful thing with this little thin green Rim spectacular plant this one in the back is an old favorite that just grows like crazy look at that plant this is called Caroline Horton and or Carroll in depending on how you pronounce it very distinctive once again there's no other pink caladium I know that looks exactly like this with this red veins green leaf and then this sort of hot pink marbling all over the leaf very distinctive this isn't a very vigorous and tall caladium another pink one is this one I'm holding up right here different leaf pattern on this this is called FM joiner and this is a very beautiful lower growing gets a very Roundy mound for me in a big pot these two have been around for a little while but are much lower growing and diminutive than the ones I've just shown you this one's called ginger land and once again extremely distinctive leaf on this is really bright kind of deep jade green white veins and then these cool little rose spots just sort of scattered randomly over the leaf really nice habit on this kind of upright but small and then in this beautiful little blue pot I've tucked a pot of one called Miss Muffet this one's been around for a while and once again unmistakable these smaller ones often have these scattered spots and you can see Miss Muffet is this hot chartreuse lime green and this one is very low and spreading maybe gets a foot high for me but gets very why they will get 18 inches wide over the course of the summer and it's just this really super decorative plant I just wanted to show you a few of the cooler varieties that are widely available these aren't specialty plants you can get these here at here what we grow tons of these things I wanted to show you a couple of varieties that the breeders have been busy with just to show you that there are some really wonderful changes coming in elephant ears don't go by how big these are now because these are fairly young plants and they'll get huge this is one called Hilo Beauty named after Hawaii it's a Hawaiian breeder who's putting these out beautiful purpley plum stems these leaves I have one of these at home that's older and the leaf is three feet long and gets darker with age these are very very very glossy too it gets an almost black green looks just so great with this hot tropical orange New Guinean patience and some tender this is maidenhair fern under there I just love that kind of combination and down in front is one called pineapple princess this one is really cool it's got a completely different kind of a leaf instead of it being a glossy leaf like that one this one is very velvety almost matte with leaf form they come out when they come out you can see they come out kind of purpley and then they age to this deep all of you velvet green but they retain these blue purple veins it's the most unusual thing once again these are great plants in combination pots this is a terrific coleus called net stockings which is aptly named and it meant you know you can see why I put those together because of the mimicking of that vey nation with the green and of course the golden LaMacchia down below the creeping Jenny one thing about elephant ear colocasia is that they are extremely heavy feeders anything that produces leaves three feet long by two feet wide needs a lot of energy and if you don't feed it enough give it a lot of nitrogen it won't perform for you so don't be shy about fertilizing the these things like crazy they really really really love a lot of fertilizer and the more you can overdo it of course but that's hard to do with these things so don't be shy about giving your elephant here a lot of food even if it's just the old-fashioned kind they love it last group of errands I want to talk about tropical Aram's are closely related they're called a loquacious and the breeders have been busy here too this is a huge family with plants that go from pretty small to pretty large I'm well exactly a genus in our family but once again that same sort of Arrowhead leaf and I'm going to talk to you from large from small to these giants that come out of this first I want to talk to you about these little guys these are mostly from places like Borneo isn't that just the coolest thing this one's called black velvet these great crisp sort of cool icy veins in this very velvety deep green leaf this is a little guy stays small another little guy is this one called coupe Rio which means copper this I just look at the pattern look at the vein Asian in that these this one looks like it's got lacquer sprayed on it nobody has put any a leaf shine on this this is just the way the plant looks fabulous sort of indented leaves veins in this leave that curved down is very architectural looking and then the reverse of this leaf look at that that's just awesome this bright beautiful plum on this bright green stem terrific plant and once again it stays small another great small one is in this combination planter this is rugosa which is also from Borneo and this has a rugosa means rough and this is a kind of a rough textured leaf with it almost looks like a topographic map with the pattern of a nation on these leaves once again terrific in a combination planner these are wonderful pop plants and they and they can be wondered over as such here's another medium-sized one this one is a hybrid called Louisville you can see more once again these this leaf type of sachet and this is blooming interestingly enough a lot of these allocations when they bloom they have fruity scent so it's actually a pretty smell that they're putting out into your garden and now let's go talk about the really big guys this is a kind called poly and it's a form of amazonica this is pretty widely available and I've seen it under different names too called African masks and things like this poly is the most common you can see once again it just works great in a combination pot with that silver falls dichondra and a beautiful rex begonia sort of echoing the color combination this is a really rugged plant and easy to keep and then we're going to move over to this is what amazonica looks like when it's not the dwarf form you can see we're getting into some big country here this is really a beautiful kind called what so Nina and you can see once again looks great with the New Guinea impatience under it now to those supergiant guys this one right here with a sort of looks like kind of like a philodendron leaf to me this is called boa that's not a philodendron that's an Alocasia and you can tell with these cool spotty stems that they get many of these larger allocation I have really interesting patterns on the stem stripe like Tigers are spotted it's really really interesting stuff this is called Borneo giant and it is a giant it's this is just a youngin this thing if you've got the room this is probably one of the most spectacular summer plants you can grow these leaves are obviously just getting going they're huge great big leathery dark green the new ones are very bright green and this kind of shiny looks almost like green patent leather just a spectacular plant this is a as a group this is a really terrific impactful family of plants for containers and even in the shade garden most of them will take a little morning Sun forget afternoon Sun in our in our climate they like a lot of shade a lot of water but certainly worth growing just really spectacular I mean these things just make such a statement on a shady patio or a deck I've got them all over my deck it's really a pleasure to go out there and see them so give him a shot these are worth plants really worth growing