- Tropical plants in the Alocasia genus feature stunning foliage that can become the centerpiece of a garden or room.
- In the right conditions, they can grow very fast, but they are also sensitive plants.
- Alocasia grows well in big pots; they can thrive in the summertime and then be brought indoors in the winter.
- Some species are considered invasive, especially along the Gulf Coast in the U.S. Check with your local municipality if you have concerns prior to planting this species outdoors.
- If you have children or pets, you may want to avoid these plants as the leaves are toxic to humans and animals.
- Plant in loose, well-drained potting mix or a crumbly loamy soil.
- Try to let the top few inches of soil become nearly dry before watering.
- This will help keep it evenly moist.
- Soggy soil makes the plant susceptible to many fungal infections.
- Alocasias can be heavy feeders, especially large specimens.
- Feed with liquid fertilizer during the growing season or frequent, small applications of granule fertilizer.
- Needs vary from shade to full sunlight, depending on the variety.
- Ask the grower if the plant is sun-trained.
- Leaf color tends to be better among plants that grow best with more light.
- Keep Alocasia plants moist all year; they are water-loving plants.
- There is a fine line with these plants.
- You want to keep the soil moist, but not soggy.
- They require less water during the winter months because the plant is dormant.