Alocasias have swagger. It's a true tropical that makes a statement. There are endless varieties with incredible shapes, colours and variegation. It's not exactly on the low-maintenance plant list but give it the right conditions and it will reward you with a cool exotic rainforest vibe. They loves high humidity and would be great for a bright bathroom.
how this nature nurtures you
Alocasia create a sense of calm with their exotic jungle vibes. Their care requirements help to support and nurture your physical health and mental health.
It's exotic presence creates a sense of calm. Put them in your bathroom, office or anywhere you want to create that calming rainforest vibe. It's care needs can provide grounding. You may use the time you take to mist it to support your mental health with a mindful moment. Group it with other plants likes ferns and peace lilies to raise humidity in your home because just like this plant, we love humidity too especially in the dry winter months.
how to nurture your nature
ORIGINTropics and subtropics of South East Asia.
WATERKeep moist and water when the top 25% of the soil is dry. Yellowing leaves can be a sign of overwatering.
LIGHTDoes best in bright indirect light. Will not tolerate low light levels. Keep out of direct sunlight because the leaves will scorch.
TEMPERATURE18-25 degrees Celsius. Alocasia hails from a warm climate so find a warm sunny spot in your home. Avoid cold drafts.
HUMIDITYHigh humidity requirements. Mist regularly with water. If your home is dry, put a pebble tray under it, group with other plants and or consider a humidifier to generate a more humid environment.
TOXICITYAlocasia is toxic to pets and humans.
FERTILIZERFeed every month in the spring and summer with an all purpose fertilizer. Apply to damp soil so you don't burn the roots.
Alocasia can go through a dormant period in the winter months when light levels and temperatures are lower. Slow down on watering, keep it warm and wait for it to perk up in the spring.
If you're into learning more about the care requirements of Alocasia, here's a great video from one of my favourite plant vloggers, Planterina.