Propagating an Alocasia plant
How do you propagate an Alocasia?
The Alocasia comes from the tropics of Asia and consists of many different species. Like many other houseplants, Alocasia comes from the Araceae family. Among others the Dieffenbachia, Spathiphyllum and Zamioculcas are members of the Alocasia family. Although the plant species are very different in appearance. They are certainly not the easiest plants, but they are beautiful. Especially the leaves of Alocasia are very striking. Just like the care of the cuttings of Alocasia is not for everyone.
You can only propagate the Alcoasia as soon as it has young shoots. Doesn’t your houseplant have this? Then unfortunately you still have to wait. In addition, the shoot must also be of a certain size. As soon as the shoot is smaller than 20 cm, it’s best to wait a little longer. Then you know for sure that the shoot has developed its own roots!
- Flower pot with fresh potting soil
- Optional: Vase with water
Propagating the Alocasia in 4 steps
1. Disinfect the knife
The cutting of the Alocasia starts with cleaning the knife. You can use pure alcohol or disinfectant.
Afterwards, dry the knife well at all times. You don’t do this? Then you can damage the roots of the cutting and/or mother plant by the disinfectant that is still on the knife.
2. Dig out the mother plant
It is best to remove the mother plant from her pot and dig out the shoot. It is important that the shoot is at least 20 cm in size.
Remove as much soil around the roots as possible. This way you can clearly see if and how many roots the shoot has developed.
3. Cut the cutting loose
As soon as you have dug out the shoot and the mother plant well you can start cutting. Carefully cut off the shoot from the mother.
Is the shoot loose? Carefully remove the roots from each other. It is important that the cutting has its own roots.
Does the cutting not have its own roots yet? Then there is little chance that the cutting will survive. Too bad, but unfortunately the truth.
4. Repot it!
It is now best to repot the mother plant and cuttings. Place the cutting in a flowerpot with fresh soil. Pour a little water at the cutting, so that the soil is slightly moist.
You can also place the Alocasia cuttings in water. Although not every Alocasia species is suitable for this.
If you’re going to repot the mother plant as well, we recommend choosing a flowerpot that is no less than 20% larger than the previous one.
After about a month the roots will have recovered and growth may be visible. Although this does not have to be the case. Especially when it’s winter, growth may not occur for a while. Be careful with too much watering to prevent root rot.