Today I wanted to change the soil in my Alocasia plant, but I found these things in the soil, around the roots. They weren't attachments, they where just laying in the soil. I bought in in an IKEA store. Does any of you know what this is?

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    They look a bit like lily bulbs - I'd pot them up separately and see if anything grows in spring...They don't look like offset corms from Alocasia, which was my first thought.
    – Bamboo
    Dec 19, 2019 at 16:03
  • Are they soft and somewhat squishy or are they hard? Can you wash them off and post picture of them washed on a neutral background?
    – GardenGems
    Dec 19, 2019 at 19:26

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Alocasias have bulbs and can be grown from bulbs, How to grow an Alocasia from a bulb. So what you have found in the pot are unsprouted Alocasia bulbs.

These plants often could go dormant, loosing all of their leaves and becoming a stump just to regrow from the bulb next spring.

Here is an Alocasia bulb from the article above. enter image description here


That was my thought too when I saw them. these little 'bulbules'? come from around the flower normally, and don't resemble offsets from the roots of the plant. However I am not familiar with Alocasia so don't know whether it produces them.

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