Alocasia

Care Tips

 

Alocasia Frydek



Alocasia Essential Care

 

Position indoors in bright indirect light.
Alocasias appreciate a little direct sunlight in the morningor afternoon but will become sun bleached if they get too much.
Give them a good water once a week.
They like to stay consistently moist and love humidity.
Mist whenever you can.
Ideally keep above 15 ° C.

 

 

Alocasia Gageana

 

 

Extra Care

 

The Alocasia Family is a spectacular plant species native to Asia that thrives in humidity and grows beautiful foliage. Alocasias are tropical plants that grow in over 70 different varieties and can be kept as houseplants. Alocasias grow a stunning foliage that ranges from slim arrow shaped leaves to big heart shaped leaves. Thanks to latter they are also often being nicknamed ‘Elephant Ears’. The leaves are waxy to glossy and are toxic to humans and animals, so make sure to place them out of reach from pets and small children.

 

 

Where to place your Alocasia

 

Alocasias are super popular houseplants. They are fast growers but very sensitive to frost. They can grow outside in hardiness zones 10 and 11 but need to be kept indoors in colder climates. In temperate climates, like in the UK, they can live in pots in partial shade outside in summer, but definitely need to live indoors in spring, autumn and winter. Avoid placing them in cool spots and allow them to stay away from drafty doors and windows. They thrive in humidity, ideally in temperatures above 15 °C, and they love bright, indirect, filtered light.

 

 

 

Rare Black Alocasia

 

 

How to care for your Alocasia

 

Alocasias love loose, well-drained soil. Let the first few inches of the substrate in the pot dry out before watering your houseplant again. When it comes to Alocasias the rule of thumb is usually: keep the soil evenly damp all year-round, but not soggy. 
Water your Alocasia a little less in winter because during the darker seasons the plant is dormant. During this time, keep your houseplant in a warm spot and reduce watering a little, but don’t allow the soil to dry out completely. If your Alocasia loses some leaves during winter, this might be due to too low room temperatures or overwatering. Even if, worst case scenario, the Alocasia has lost all or most of its’ foliage there is no need to despair! Alocasias grow from rhizomes, so if you place your plant in a warmer spot and keep the soil damp, it has the chance to re-sprout in spring. 
Mist your Alocasia whenever you can, ideally with a plant mister, because this species thrives in humidity. 
Alocasias are fairly heavy feeders and need a little bit of plant food every couple of months between spring and autumn. You can use slow-release organic houseplant fertiliser or liquid fertiliser to give them all the nutrients they need.
Because they are fast growers, your Alocasia might outgrow its’ pot after a while. Repot your Alocasia into a bigger container, approximately every two years, to allow it to grow into the tall and bushy tropical plant it originated from. Alternatively, you can also propagate the plant by dividing the rhizomes and plant them into separate pots.

 

 

 

 Alocasia Zebrina

 

 

Problems with your Alocasia?

 

There might come a time when your Alocasia looks a little poorly. This can usually be avoided with the right care, but here’s a little help for the most common problems in case all you’ve tried before didn’t improve your Alocasia’s condition. 

Root rot: This problem is often caused by overwatering. Make sure to keep the soil evenly damp all year round, but not soggy. Remember to reduce watering in the Alocasia’s dormant phase in winter and don’t use fertiliser during that time.

Bugs: Can you spot teeny-tiny bugs on the foliage of your Alocasia? Don’t forget to check the underside of the leaves because you might stumble across difficult-to-spot, nasty little spider mites. Leaving this problem for too long might result in a very poorly looking houseplant, so it’s best to address it right away instead of turning a blind eye to these ever so minuscule creatures. Wash the affected leaves of your Alocasia gently with a soft sponge and a little soapy water (it’s best to use horticultural soap) and remove the bugs from your houseplant. Alternatively, you can also put alcohol (70-99%) on a cotton pad and rub the leaves gently to remove the bugs. Another really helpful solution is to spray organic neem oil on your plant to counteract pests. Neem oil is an amazing, eco-friendly alternative to harmful chemicals and won’t do your plant, yourself or the environment any harm. A little goes a long way when it comes to neem oil, so add one teaspoon of neem oil to one litre of water, put the mixture in a plant mister and shake well just so water and oil blend nicely. Oil and water might separate after a while, so shake well before you use the mixture again. Spray your plant and repeat every 4-5 days until all the bugs have gone. 

Brown leaves: Are there brown spots on your Alocasia’s foliage, or do entire leaves turn brown and shrivel? This problem can be caused by overwatering or by keeping your houseplant in a space that is not warm or humid enough. Keep your Alocasia away from drafty doors and windows and buy a plant mister to increase humidity, giving the leaves a little spray every day. Alternatively you can place your Alocasia on a tray filled with stones / pebbles and water to increase humidity.
 
Place your Alocasia on a tray filled withpebbles and water to increase humidity.



Alocasia recommendations


Sometimes it can be hard to choose, especially when there’s over 70 varieties…Here are some of our favourite Alocasia varieties: 

Alocasia Bambino
Alocasia Cucculata
Alocasia Cuprea
Alocasia Frydek
Alocasia Gageana
Alocasia Macrorrhiza
Alocasia Pink Dragon
Alocasia Polly
Alocasia Stingray
Alocasia Wentii
Alocasia Yucatan Princess
Alocasia Zebrina
Black Alocasia

The easiest-to-look-after Alocasia varieties are:

Alocasia Gageana
Alocasia Stingray
Alocasia Wentii
Alocasia Zebrina


Hopefully you were able to find some answers and inspiration and you’ll have fun looking after your Alocasia at home. With their stunning leaves and over 70 varieties, they are so tempting and we might find ourselves wanting to start a whole collection!



Alocasia Stingray