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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 Azlanii

LIGHT

Your Alocasia Azlanii will thrive in a spot with medium to bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, which can cause leaf scorch. It is not tolerant of low-light situations.

WATER

Water your Alocasia when 25-50% of the soil volume is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. Alocasia is susceptible to root rot, so avoid overwatering.

HUMIDITY

Your Alocasia prefers a spot with ample humidity. Consider a pebble tray or humidifier to increase humidity.

TEMPERATURE

Your Alocasia prefers warm temperatures between 65-85°F. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

Feed every month in the spring and summer with half-strength, all-purpose indoor plant fertilizer. No fertilizer is needed in the fall and winter months. Before applying, make sure the soil is damp to avoid burning 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 will go through a dormant period in the winter months. During dormancy, keep your Alocasia in a warmer spot in your home. Reduce the frequency of watering but do not allow the potting mix to completely dry out. The plant will naturally come out of dormancy in the spring, when you’ll notice new growth. At this time, begin to water the plant more frequently and give it its first spring fertilizer application.

Alocasia Black Velvet

LIGHT

Your Alocasia Black Velvet will thrive in a spot with medium to bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, which can cause leaf scorch. It is not tolerant of low-light situations.

WATER

Water your Alocasia when the top 25% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. Alocasia is susceptible to root rot, so avoid overwatering.

HUMIDITY

Your Alocasia prefers a spot with ample humidity. Mist it on a regular basis, or use a pebble tray to increase humidity.

TEMPERATURE

Your Alocasia prefers warm temperatures between 65-85°F. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

Feed every month in the spring and summer with half-strength, all-purpose indoor plant fertilizer. No fertilizer is needed in the fall and winter months. Before applying, make sure the soil is damp to avoid burning 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 will go through a dormant period in the winter months. During dormancy, keep your Alocasia in a warmer spot in your home. Reduce the frequency of watering but do not allow the potting mix to completely dry out. The plant will naturally come out of dormancy in the spring, when you’ll notice new growth. At this time, begin to water the plant more frequently and give it its first spring fertilizer application.

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.  

WATER

Water when the top 25% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Alocasia prefers a humid environment. Mist often.

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

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

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.

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. 

WATER

Water when the top 25% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Alocasia prefers a humid environment. Mist often.

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

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

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. 

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. 

WATER

Water when the top 25% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Alocasia prefers a humid environment. Mist often.

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

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

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.

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.  

WATER

Water when the top 25% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Alocasia prefers a humid environment. Mist often.

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

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

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. 

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What's an Alocasia?

Botanical Classification: Alocasia sanderiana

About

Alocasia are stunning tropical 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.

Fun Fact

Alocasia plants grow from bulbs, so even if they lose all of their leaves, the stored energy in their bulbs allows them to sprout new leaves under the right conditions.

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

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