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Alocasia Care

Alocasia plants make a statement with their bold, arrow-head shaped leaves and tall stems. Some Alocasia plants can grow to be 8-10 feet tall!

How to care for your Alocasia

Use these instructions to care for an Alocasia. This guide will tell you how to water an Alocasia; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Alocasia Polly

LIGHT

Your Alocasia Polly will thrive in a spot with bright,  indirect, filtered light. Never allow this plant to stand in the direct sunlight—the leaves will burn. It can survive in medium light, but avoid a dark corner.     

WATER

Maintain a regular watering schedule and keep the soil of your Alocasia Polly moist, but not wet or saturated. This is not a drought-tolerant indoor plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. Root rot will occur if the soil becomes soggy.  

HUMIDITY

Your Alocasia Polly prefers a spot with ample humidity. Mist it on a regular basis, or use a pebble tray to increase humidity. This plant will thrive if given frequent, lukewarm showers either in the actual shower or use the spray attachment near your sink. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Alocasia Polly because these areas tend to be more humid.  

TEMPERATURE

Your Alocasia enjoys the warmth, preferably between 65-85 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

Use a general houseplant fertilizer with iron every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter months when plant growth naturally slows. Only apply fertilizer to damp soil–never dry, as it will burn the roots.   

TOXICITY

Alocasias are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Your Alocasia Polly will go through a dormant period in the winter months. During dormancy, keep your Alocasia Polly in a warmer spot in your home and reduce the watering but do not allow it to completely dry out. You will see it perk up again in the spring.  

See also: Common Issues →

Alocasia Lutea Golden

LIGHT

Your Golden Alocasia will thrive in bright indirect light. Never allow your plant to stand in the direct sunlight—the leaves will burn.  It can survive in medium light but avoid a dark corner. 

WATER

Maintain a regular watering schedule and keep the soil of your plant moist, but not wet or saturated. This is not a drought-tolerant plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. Root rot will occur if the soil is allowed to become soggy.

HUMIDITY

Alocasias love extra humidity. Mist your plant on a regular basis, place a humidifier nearby, or use a pebble tray to increase humidity. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Alocasia because these areas tend to be more humid.

TEMPERATURE

Your Golden Alocasia enjoys the warmth, preferably between 65-85 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter months when plant growth naturally slows. Only apply fertilizer to damp soil–never dry, as it can burn the roots. 

TOXICITY

Alocasias are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Your Golden Alocasia will go through a dormant period when light levels and temperatures are reduced in the winter months. During dormancy, keep your Alocasia in a warmer spot in your home and reduce the watering but do not allow it to completely dry out. You will see it perk up again in the spring.

See also: Common Issues →

Alocasia Pink Dragon

LIGHT

Your Alocasia Pink Dragon will thrive in a spot with bright, indirect, filtered light. Never allow this plant to stand in the direct sunlight—the leaves will burn.  It can survive in medium light, but avoid a dark corner. 

WATER

For best results, maintain a regular watering schedule and keep the soil of your Alocasia Pink Dragon damp, but not wet or saturated. This is not a drought-tolerant indoor plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. Root rot will occur if the soil is kept wet for too long.

HUMIDITY

Your Alocasia Pink Dragon prefers a spot with ample humidity. Mist it on a regular basis, or use a pebble tray to increase humidity. This plant will thrive if given frequent, lukewarm showers either in the actual shower or by using the spray attachment near your sink. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Alocasia because these areas tend to be more humid.

TEMPERATURE

Your Alocasia enjoys the warmth, preferably between 65-85 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

Use a general houseplant fertilizer with iron every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter months when plant growth naturally slows. Only apply fertilizer to damp soil–never dry, as it will burn the roots. 

TOXICITY

Alocasias are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Your Alocasia Pink Dragon will go through a dormant period in the winter months. During dormancy, keep your Alocasia in a warmer spot in your home and reduce the watering but do not allow it to completely dry out. You will see it perk up again in the spring. 

See also: Common Issues →

Alocasia Purple Sword

LIGHT

Your Alocasia Purple Sword will thrive in bright, indirect light. Never allow this plant to stand in the direct sunlight—the leaves will burn.  It can survive in medium light but avoid a dark corner. 

WATER

Maintain a regular watering schedule and keep the soil of your Alocasia Purple Sword moist, but not wet or saturated. This is not a drought-tolerant indoor plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. Root rot will occur if the soil is kept too wet.

HUMIDITY

Your Alocasia loves extra humidity. Mist it on a regular basis, or use a pebble tray to increase humidity. This plant will thrive if given frequent, lukewarm showers either in the actual shower or by using the spray attachment near your sink. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Alocasia because these areas tend to be more humid.

TEMPERATURE

Your Alocasia Purple Sword enjoys the warmth, preferably between 65-85 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter months when plant growth naturally slows. Only apply fertilizer to damp soil–never dry, as it can burn the roots.

TOXICITY

Alocasias are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Your Alocasia Purple Sword will go through a dormant period when light levels and temperatures are reduced in the winter months. During dormancy, keep your plant in a warmer spot in your home and reduce the watering but do not allow it to completely dry out.  You will see it perk up again in the spring. 

See also: Common Issues →

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What's an Alocasia?

Botanical Classification: Alocasia sanderiana

About:

Alocasia are stunning tropicals plants with arrowhead-shaped leaves. Find a warm, bright area in your home for these beauties.

Native to the tropical area in the South Pacific Islands, particularly the Philippines, Alocasia plants appreciate the extra humidity a kitchen or bathroom can offer.

Pictured Left: Alocasia Polly
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Your Alocaisa hails from the tropics, and will appreciate any extra humidity and sunlight it can get. Mist often and place in a warm sunny spot!
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