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How To Care for An Alocasia

How To Care for An Alocasia

Alocasia is a houseplant known for its unique and stunning foliage. Arrowhead- or broad heart-shaped, textured leaves can have wavy or flat edges and feature distinct veining that is mostly creamed colour and offers a stark contrast from the green colour of the leaf. This plant has an extremely commanding appearance and there are some varieties of Alocasia such as Alocasia azlanii, Alocasia Regal Shield and Alocasia melo which are considered rare plants.

Alocasia is a type of plant that will pull you in with its appealing looks and unforgettable charm and offer effortless style to every table or bookcase in your home. Naturally, these plants thrive under a tree canopy, so the alocasia develops large leaves to provide it with an edge over other houseplants when it's about soaking up light.

Light

Alocasia is easygoing and can manage indirect sunlight ranging from low to bright. The amount of sunlight alocasia will indicate how quickly it will grow. If you want this plant to push out fresh, active, new leaves and thrive the large, beautiful leaves, it is popular for, then ensure the plant is in a place where it will receive bright but indirect sunlight. The alocasia can survive but will not thrive as quickly when spotted in a location with lower sunlight levels. When you bring your plant outdoors in hot months, make sure to spot it in an area that gets partial shade because direct sunlight can burn its leaves.

Water

Water your alocasia plant when the top few inches of its soil seem dry. Alocasia plant has moderate water needs. The moisture content is consistent and even is ideal for your alocasia. Your plant love to stay partially dry between waterings, but it surely doesn't want to stay soggy. It's good to cut back on watering in winter, especially when your plant isn't actively thriving.

Temperature

Alocasia is a subtropical plant-like warmer temperature more in line with its original environment.  Room temperatures over 60°F seem perfect for your alocasia plant. If you place it on a patio or outside areas during the hot months, always ensure to bring it back indoors much before the temperatures fall below 50°F. Avoid spotting your alocasia nearby a drafty window, an exterior door in front of a heating or air conditioning vent, as the temperature fluctuations will inhibit its growth and potentially harm the leaves.

Humidity

An Alocasia indoor plant grows well when it gets plenty of humidity which is understandable given its subtropical origins. Placing your plant in a spot with great amounts of humidity is best. People who dwell in a drier climate or area with insufficient humidity can use a humidifier to increase the moisture levels. A pebble tray with water can also work for your plant. Both options can help provide your alocasia plants with the extra boost of moisture they crave.

Fertiliser

Regular fertilising, specifically when your indoor plant is actively growing, will help them push out new growth. Varieties with larger leaves can get benefits from routine feedings. A seaweed/fish emulsion, a diluted full liquid fertiliser, or a slow-release fertilizer all seem great choices for your alocasia. However, it's unnecessary to fertilise your alocasia in a dormant phase.

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