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Cheapest houseplants ever

WillDBWillDB Posts: 1,173

Back in August I bought a couple of Colocasia roots from a Carribean grocers (or 'coco root' as they call them). Potted on they are growing nicely, and only cost me 30p each! 







  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,293

    Nice......very nice image  Always interesting to try "exotics" isn't it ? 

  • WillDBWillDB Posts: 1,173

    I think it might have been better to start them off in March though, so they could be planted out in the garden once they got going!

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 16,079

    WillDB, hi,I love your plants. Do you think they might send me some roots in the post? We don't have the luxury of a "Carribean Grocer" here in sleepy North Devon.

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,293

    Will........I take it you are only putting them outside for the summer ?

    Same here Hostafan............the SW is definitely short on that sort of storeimage

  • 1Runnybeak11Runnybeak1 Posts: 7,343

    WillDB.  Well done Will.  I bought one of those from GC this Autum, it's also called a Red Banana plant. It's about 3ft tall now. Cost me a fiver. Mine is in the summerhouse.  

    Great to get a plant like that from a seed. image

  • 1Runnybeak11Runnybeak1 Posts: 7,343

    Will.  Forget the seed bit. Wasn't reading it properly. 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,821

    Colocasia is Taro. The roots are eaten. Not the same as a banana plant.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • WillDBWillDB Posts: 1,173

    That's right Philippa, they'll have to cope as houseplants until late spring.

    I can't find anywhere that sells them online but if anyone's desperate for one, drop me a PM and I'll see if I can pick one or two up next time I pass the shop and we can arrange postage. (Could only do this for a couple of folk due to time commitments!)

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