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15 cm Alocasia Longiloba Purple House Plant 10,5 cm Pot

House Plant
£39.99

Delivery Time: Delivered within 1-2 working days. £6.99 for Unlimited Plants

These plants are kept in optimal conditions at their specialist growers until ordered. This means they take little longer to be delivered, but quality is assured. Please allow up to 7 days for these to be delivered.

Alocasia Longiloba, particularly the 'Purple' variety, is a striking houseplant known for its unique beauty and distinctive foliage. This plant is part of the Araceae family and is native to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia. The 'Purple' variant is sought after for its elongated, heart-shaped leaves that showcase a deep purple hue on their undersides, adding a dramatic flair to any indoor garden.

Description

The Alocasia Longiloba 'Purple' features large, spear-shaped leaves that can grow quite lengthy, often exceeding 45 cm (18 inches) in length. The leaves are glossy and have a vibrant green colour on the top, with contrasting deep purple undersides. This plant grows upright and can reach up to 90 cm (about 3 feet) in height, making it a substantial addition to indoor spaces. The stems are thick and sturdy, supporting the weight of the large leaves. While it blooms infrequently when kept indoors, its inflorescence is a pale spathe, not particularly showy compared to its foliage.

Care Guide

Lighting: Alocasia Longiloba 'Purple' thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can scorch its leaves, while too little light can cause stunted growth and diminish the vibrancy of the leaf colours. A north or east-facing window is ideal.

Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Over-watering can lead to root rot, a common issue with Alocasia. It's best to water this plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Reduce watering during the winter months when the plant's growth slows down.

Humidity: This plant prefers high humidity, typical of its native tropical habitat. Maintaining a humidity level of 60% or higher will help prevent the tips of the leaves from browning. Regular misting, a pebble tray with water, or a humidifier can help achieve this environment.

Temperature: Alocasia Longiloba 'Purple' enjoys warm temperatures, ideally between 18°C to 27°C (65°F to 80°F). It is not frost-tolerant and should be kept away from draughty windows and doors during the colder months.

Soil: A well-draining, peat-based potting mix is suitable for this Alocasia. Ensuring good drainage is critical to prevent root rot.

Feeding: During the growing season (spring and summer), fertilise the plant every 4-6 weeks with a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser diluted to half the recommended strength. Do not fertilise during the dormant period in winter.

Repotting: Repot in the spring every 2-3 years, or when the plant becomes root-bound. Choose a pot only slightly larger than the previous one, as too much space can lead to excess moisture retention in the soil, which might cause root rot.

Pest and Diseases: Watch out for common pests such as spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids. Regularly inspect the plant and treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Also, be vigilant about fungal diseases, which can arise due to over-watering or poor air circulation.

In summary, Alocasia Longiloba 'Purple' requires attention to its environmental needs, especially regarding watering, humidity, and light. Proper care will ensure this stunning plant remains a vibrant and exotic addition to your indoor plant collection.

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  • Plants are supplied in plastic nursery pots unless stated in the product title.

  • Plants are not for consumption unless stated as edible.

  • Plant heights can fluctuate +/- 10%.

  • Our plants are kept at our tropical nursery in Yorkshire where we maintain an average temperature of 18c.

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