How to Care for Alocasia Plants

The First time I laid my eyes on an Alocasia plant, I surely did not know what it was but  I definitely did want to keep one. This perfect scenario just simply shows that these plants are great at catching someone’s attention. This also makes them an awesome plant buddy to keep around your house. 

Alocasia plants are characterized by having pointed leaves. They have different types of alocasia species which means that there are various types of these plants with different textures and colors, but more importantly, each of them is uniquely beautiful in its own way. 

These are also flowering plants that are part of the Araceae family of the Plantae kingdom. They originated from tropic and subtropical Asia and Eastern Australia. These plants can grow from 2 feet up to 15 feet in height, of course when they are under the right conditions while their leaves can grow up to 8- to 35 inches in length. 

Since Alocasia plants are from the tropical region, they are at their happiest when they are warm. As beautiful as these plants are, they can be quite a handful when it comes to taking care of them but when their needs are fulfilled they can reward you with prosperous growth and healthy leaves, if they are at their healthiest, they may even show some flower. 

1. For Sunlight 

Simple, they need bright indirect light year-round. They do not like low light or direct light. 

2. Water

To keep Alocasia Plants happy and healthy we water them once their soil is dry 2" down. They are known for health issues when overwatered, so it is better to water less frequently. Like all houseplants, in the cold months, they require less light than in the summer months. 

3. Temperature

Alocasias are happiest in temps between 60-80F. They will slow their growth and may die if they are exposed to temps below 60F.

4. Soil

Alocasia plants prefer soil that is rich, moist, and well-draining as well. A bit complicated to hear but no worries for you can just simply mix one part soil, one part perlite or coarse potting sand, and one part peat but if you are still unsure you can also opt to get a commercially available soil for this plant and that is 

5. Fertilizer

The only way to keep up with Alocasia Plant’s appetite is to feed them frequently. These plants are considered to be heavy feeders and would require more frequent feeding every 2 to 4 weeks. It is also recommended that before you plant your alocasia, you should mix 1kg of slow-release fertilizer per 100 square feet of soil.

6. Propagating 

Unlike most plants that you could easily propagate from stem cuttings, the alocasia plant can be propagated using their offsets. To do this, all you need to do is to carefully remove the main plant from the soil and separate the offset from the main plant and just simply place it in the soil. 


7. Repotting

Alocasia plants can be slightly rootbound so repotting them after every few years and it is best to do so during Autumn and spring for they are tropical plants this will give them a chance to grow and proser year-round during warm conditions. 

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