With a hard freeze a day away, it's time to take some drastic steps. This hurts every year I do it, but this year less than usual since it's so late.
That's right, it's time to preemptively do what the weather will do in another day or so.
And that's to turn this beautiful clump of upright elephant ears (Alocasia macrorhiza)...
|Kumo can't bear to look...|
Then they turn into this:
|I'll trim off most of these roots|
The drainage slowdown I hoped to create in the second pot seemed to be working too well:
That made a messy, muddy dig but I ended up getting 8 or 9 plants out of these two pots. I'm not sure if I'll plant them all separately next year or clump them together a bit. The fullness of the planting this year was really fantastic, so I expect I'll plant multiples.
That's getting ahead of myself a little as there are still several months of storage that these things need to make it through. I've never had one fail (rot) over winter in the garage though, so I'm unconcerned -- I'll have plenty of these next year!
The potted papyrus needed a good trimming so I could bring the pot into the garage too:
In the past I've left a lot more stems on this, but they just get in the way and I don't think they're necessary. Just need to have some parts alive (they are) and they need to stay wet all winter. That's why I store in pots that don't have drainage and in buckets. Wet is key!
Speaking of wet, remember my covered leaf pile that will be used to mulch the bananas?
...that didn't work out exactly as planned:
There's about 10 gallons of water in there! I have quite a bit of bailing to do to get that water out without dampening the leaves...
...which at least appear to still be dry.
A few more pots to bring indoors today. Must find space...