Alocasia Plant (Complete Guide)
The most striking foliage ornamental plant in the world. This plant is currently popular addition to indoor plant collections due to its sculptural appeal and obvious significant foliage, Alocasia has around 80 species in the world. Natively from subtropical Asia and eastern Australia.
There are several ways to care for this exotic plant. Some conditions and characteristic that needs to be take note in order for it to grow very well.
For Light: Its natural habitat is on forest floor surrounds with tall tress which means that this plant most comfortably lives in a shaded area with indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight will cause the leaves to burn. However, place it in an area with enough bright light if you plan to put this plant indoors. This plant cannot tolerant of lower light conditions.
For Humidity : Keep far away from air-conditioner (A/C), this plant requires high humidity. High humidity also keeps away this plant from insect pest (spider mites).
For Soil : This plant require moist soil, well drained and fertile. The roots will grow very quick if all conditions are at best. Make sure the soil are not soggy, Alocasias can be susceptible to root rot and fungal infections if their soil doesn't have proper drainage and becomes waterlogged.
For Watering : Make sure the soil are completely dried before watering it. Always check the conditions of the soil if it has well drainage system. 2 or 3 times a week depends on your place.
For Fertilizer : Fertilize once a month with organic fertilizer.
For repotting : Small sized - repotting once every 12 - 18 months. Large sized - repotting once every 18 - 24 months. To maintain the current size, repot to same size, providing new soil and trimming away some roots and foliage. To increase the current size, report to slightly larger with 1 or 2 inch in diameter. Don’t choose much larger since it could drown the roots.
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Author : Haziq Zainal