How to keep an Alocasia alive

Varieties:
Elephant Ear 'Regal Shields'
Alocasia 'Regal Shields'
Alocasia ‘Polly'
Alocasia 'Portodora'
Alocasia wentii

What The Plant Needs

Welcome Home

When your Alocasia arrives home, be patient and give it time to acclimatise to it's new surroundings.

Give it gentle attention; find a well lit spot, mist the leaves, and water if the soil feels dry. After a week or so, your Alocasia will start to feel at home and start to glow.

Position

Your Alocasia will thrive in a bright position that gets plenty of morning or late-afternoon sunlight.

It's a good idea to place your Alocasia in a spot where it gets consistent light and warmth - like most houseplants, they will appreciate things staying the same and routine.

The Alocasia will turn itself towards the light, so rotate its pot every so often to help it.

The leaves of an Alocasia are particularly delicate - it won't want you to keep "brushing" past it.

Keep them out of the midday sun, as this can scorch the leaves. Your Alocasia will prefer temperatures above 13°C.

In winter don't be tempted to move your Alocasia closer to a radiator. Keep it away from radiators and cold draughts as they cause stress to houseplants.

In the summer months when it's hot, keep a close eye on your Alocasia. Wilting could mean they need more water, brown leaf edges could mean it's getting too much sun.

Watering

Check the top 5cm of soil with your finger - if it comes out dry, it's time to water.

Don't leave the plant standing in water, so make sure the water can drain away.

It's a good idea to check the soil more often in summer when the weather is warmer, as your Alocasia might need a little more water than in the cold winter months.

Don't forget to mist your Alocasia often or use a cool-mist room humidifier to raise the humidity in the air around it.

Feeding

Alocasia will benefit from being fed with a general houseplant fertiliser, as these tend to be nitrogen-rich and will keep the leaves green and lush.

Feed every 2 weeks in spring, summer and autumn when the Alocasia is in its growth phase.

In winter, these plants will go dormant and won't grow, so there's no need to feed.

Diseases & Pests

Houseplant pests are a common cause of plant issues, particularly in the warmer months.

It's a good idea to check the leaves every now and again to be on the look out for small insects on your plants.

Yellowing or browning leaves can sometimes be signs of pests, disease, nutrient issues, or watering issues.

Aphids are the most common pest, but mealybugs, scale, spider mites, and thrips also infest an Alocasia.

When in doubt, contact us at Sproutl with a photograph of the problem so we can help you.

Maintenance

An Alocasia will produce new growth from the centre of the plant, so when the outer leaves die off don't panic.

This is very normal - just snip the older leaves off close to the stem with a sharp, clean tool (avoiding the sap as this can be an irritant).

Don't be put off by the idea of re-potting your Alocasia.

You'll want to repot your Alocasia when the roots are visible through the drainage holes of the pot, and ideally in spring.

Choose a pot that's slightly larger than its current home, with drainage holes so that water can drain easily.

If you're re-potting directly into a decorative pot which has a drainage hole, don't forget a saucer, or simply use a nursery pot placed inside the decorative pot or basket which can be easily emptied of excess water.

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