Alocasias are tropical plants collected for their vibrant and colourful, strikingly patterned leaves. Because they?re so easy-going, Alocasias are perfectly suited for a modern living room or office, dim bedroom, or cosy study. If you can protect them from the sun, these easy to multiply unfussy plants can be your companions for years.
Adopting and caring for Alocasia Longiloba
Adopting: Adding a well-grown Alocasia to a plant collection is a feeling only a plant parent can understand. At eplants, we bring you display-ready healthy plants with high-quality growth and well-formed leaves.
Locating: Strong, direct sunlight can bleach, even burn the leaves of an Alocasia, so it is better to have them in shaded, lower light areas. If you are growing them indoors, or on a well-shaded balcony we recommend that you move the plant around to a spot that has better light once every few weeks.
Potting: Since these plants are natives of the tropics they need porous, well-drained soils. They do well in a 30:30:30:10 mix of coco-peat, compost, coarse sand, and Perlite.
Watering: Alocasias do well in soils that are not too overly moist. It’s a good idea to hold off watering them until the top layer of soil is dry to touch. Droopy leaves are a sign that the potting mixture is parched and the plant needs to be watered.
Fertilising: If your potting mix is right, these plants will not require too much fertiliser. However, nourishing them with an organic liquid fertiliser two or three times a year will help them do well. If you are using a chemical mix, ensure that they don’t touch the stalk or its leaves. This could damage the plant.
Did you know?
An Alocasia shows its displeasure to overwatering by sweating through the leaf tips. The process is called guttation.