Last Updated on October 15, 2023 by Paul Guzman
Alocasia plant varieties. There are over ninety types of these plants, and some can be bought at local Nurseries big and small. A tuberous flowering plant that is used for indoor decor our outdoor landscaping needs if you live where there are no freezing temperatures and high humidity. These plants do not like temperatures below 60° F. Most like high humidity and keeping the soil moist but not sloppy wet. The one exception is the Alocasia wentii more information read below.
Are these plants toxic to pets? Yes, they are toxic to animals, especially dogs, cats, and horses.
Alocasia amazonica Plant
The most common Alocasia is the Alocasia amazonica – Known for its thick glossy leaves.
In its natural habitat, it will grow over 12′ tall and 8′ wide. However, indoors it will stay smaller. It likes well-drained moist soil and misting it a few times per month will help it grow and thrive. Place near a window but not where it gets full sunlight all day long. Also called the “Giant Taro”. It looks best in rooms with tall ceilings.
Known for its copper-colored foliage. They like medium to bright indirect sunlight and misting about once per week will help with proper growth and looks. Placing them near a well-lit bathroom or shower room will help with humidity.
Also called the “African Mask Plant”. A subtropical plant that comes from Asia and the Eastern part of Australia. It likes bright indirect sunlight and at least 5-6 hours a day will keep it healthy. It does not like a whole lot of water, let the plant dry out before watering again. This Alocasia does not like over-fertilizing but should be fertilized at half the recommended ratio. It will grow two feet in height and 1.5 feet in width.
Now that you know more about Alocasia plants you might try keeping one of these in your home. From my own experience, the hardiest of these is the Alocasia amazonica Plant.
Problems with Alocasia Plants
Like many plants, Alocasias are susceptible to Mealybugs, spider mites, and Aphids. A suitable alternative to harsh insecticides is to use Insecticidal soaps. I like to use Neem Oil because it can remove fungus and insects.
Alocasia is a genus of rhizomatous or tuberous, broad-leaved, perennial. More information on these plants at Wikipedia.
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