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How can I prune my Chinese taro?

Chinese taro
Alocasia cucullata
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Pruning your Chinese taro is a fairly simple process. First, you will need a reliable set of hand pruners or hedge trimmers. You may use a clean pair of sharp scissors if you don’t have pruners or garden shears on hand. It’s important to always clean your gardening tools before and after using them to prevent the possibility of spreading disease or infection to other plants. To prune your Chinese taro simply allow your plant to go dormant over the Winter. Some time between late winter and early spring – or when new growth starts to appear – take your clean pruners or trimmers and cut away any dying, damaged, yellow or declining foliage. Repeat this process until you reach the base of the plant or until there are no dead pieces left to cut. When pruning, be careful not to damage the new growth that may be emerging near the base of your plant. These parts cannot be restored and pruning can increase the ventilation of the plants and facilitate their growth. Any pruning that is done to this plant should be cut straight across the blades or stems. No angled cuts are required. Diseased leaf blade foliage can be removed as it appears. This could be done anytime when your Chinese taro is growing.
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Chinese taro (Alocasia cucullata)
Chinese taro
A species of Elephant's-ears, Also known as Buddha's hand
Botanical name: Alocasia cucullata
Genus: Elephant's-ears
Description
Alocasia cucullata boasts large, glossy, heart-shaped leaves. The species is fairly low-maintenance, and so it has become a popular ornamental, especially in wet, warm places. Thought to originally hail from Southeast Asia, the plant is now found across much of the world's tropics. Although some species of chinese taro can be eaten, Chinese taro is poisonous. Nevertheless, some Buddhist traditions consider it to be good luck, and so it is cultivated in temples.
Garden Use
Plants of genus Alocasia are usually grown in green spaces, wall corners, or gardens for interior and exterior decoration. Their very distinctive leaves are shaped like arrows or hearts and have prominent veins. Leaves may have black, dark purple, or bronze markings. In some species, they can grow up to 4 to 5 m high. Their tall green or mottled-striped stems and peculiar leaves make these plants an excellent choice for interior and exterior decoration.
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