Alocasia- macrorrhiza plant
The Alocasia-macrorrhiza plant originated from Asia, and with time it has derived other relative names such as elephant ear plant and African mask plant given their enormous leaves. Besides that, they are characterized by dark-green, glossy heart-shaped and wavy-edged leaves with the capacity to grow tall as a tree or just 6-inches tall.
The Alocasia-macrorrhiza plant demands attention in its care. They classified as poisonous plants thus should be kept away from children and pets.
· Bright indirect light is a requisition for this plant but not direct sunlight as it will burn the leaves of the plant.
· Allow 2-3 inches of the topsoil to dry prior watering with just enough water to avoid infection caused by too much water. Also, maintain the soil evenly moist and in-check. Do not water it during winter.
· Use enough basic houseplant food that’s diluted into half the recommended strength to bi-monthly fertilize the Alocasia. Don’t fertilize during winter and too much fertilizer will result in plant infection.
· Alocasia plants have a preference to warm temperatures of between 60-80 degrees. Low temperatures make the plant dormant. During warm summers, new larger leaves are produced.
· Ensure that the humidity of the environment is high. To increase the same in the house, the plant should be placed on a tray that is filled with pebbles and water. Small humidifiers could also be used by placing them near the plant or group of plants.
· While the leaves of the Alocasia-macrorrhiza are large, the flowers tend to be small.
· Mealybugs, scale, aphids and spider mites attacks can be prevented by application of warm soapy water over weeks. You can also spray it with commercial insecticidal or neem oil.
· Over-watering, poor air circulation, and watery leaves may result in rotting of the crown, stem and root, leaf spots and Xanthomonas. Once infected, isolate the plant or leaves from the rest then use a fungicide.
· The soil used should be well aerated, loose with a substantial amount of moose. For heavy solid, use a little amount of builder's sand or perlite.
· Root the Alocasia plant in a small pot.
· Yellow, browning or black spotted leaves should be pruned as they may indicate a fungal infection.
· The plant is propagated using the plant division method.
· The late fall of winter renders the plant dormant hence it’s resting time.
· The plant is highly poisonous with level 4 toxicity
Why does my young Alocasia plant lose every leaf that grows?
This is because the plant is still young and growing hence unable to maintain more leaves. This is due to the expansion of the stalk that forces the leaves to fall off.
Why is my Alocasia plant suddenly dying when all I did was follow instructions?
This is due to prolonged exposure to temperatures below 60 degrees. You can save it by cutting it at the soil level, covering it with plastic after moisturizing the soil and placing in a warm area. Then, wait for six months.
My Alocasia plant seems to have outgrown its pot, is it advisable for me to report it now? How do I know when to report it?
Alocasia plants need to be kept root-bound, so don’t rush it into repotting. Keep in mind that the repotting pot is only a few inches larger. To be sure of the option to report the plant, gently remove the plant from the pot. By observation, only report the plant if the roots have taken the shape of the pot. Larger pot is meant to ensure that the roots don’t retain too much water and rot in the process.
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