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These plants feature stunning leaves that are arrowhead or shield shaped, attached to long petioles. Placing an Alocasia in your home will create contrasting displays that will easily draw the eye.
Alocasia plants are not usually recommended for beginners so if you’re new to houseplant ownership, they might not be the best option. If you’re an experienced houseplant owner and you provide the right care and growing conditions (bright indirect light and a humid environment), these plants will not cause you any problems.
Are Alocasia plants poisonous to humans?
Alocasia are poisonous to humans when ingested. Alocasia can also cause skin irritation so, after handling your plant, always wash your hands thoroughly and keep away from children and pets.
Is alocasia an indoor plant?
Yes, in the UK, Alocasia is an indoor plant. It originates in the high humidity of the tropical rainforests of South-East Asia so, in warmer climates, can be an outdoor plant.
How to look after Alocasia plant
As a tropical species, the Alocasia likes like and heat and should be placed in bright indirect light with a little direct light but away from draughty windows or doors. Keep the potting soil moist all year and regularly to keep the leaves looking glossy and healthy.
How to water Alocasia plants
Alocasia plants should be kept moist but not soggy. Always leave the soil to dry out between watering periods. During the dormant winter period, less water will be required.
Should I fertilize my Alocasia?
As a fast-growing plant, it is helpful to fertilize your Alocasia during the warmer months to help it maintain consistent growth. Feed once a month with liquid fertilizer during this time or once every two months with a small amount of granular fertilizer.
How do I keep pests off my Alocasia?
The Alocasia can be a sensitive plant and is attractive to some pests like aphids and spider mites. To keep your plant pest free we recommend you spray the plant lightly with warm soapy water every few weeks. If you develop a bigger problem then apply Neem oil to kill the bugs and their eggs.