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Alocasia

Alocasia

De Alocasia is voor jou vast geen onbekende. De plant bestaat in vele soorten en maten en komt oorspronkelijk uit de tropen van Azië. Voornamelijk in India is de Alocasia veel in de natuur te vinden. De Alocasia behoort tot de Araceae familie. En dat is een grote familie! Onder andere de Anthurium, Zamioculcas en de Philodendron komen ook uit deze familie. De meest bekende Alocasia planten zijn misschien wel de Alocasia Zebrina (Olifantsoor), Alocasia Calidora en de Alocasia Pink Dragon. Ze zijn niet de meest makkelijke kamerplanten, maar mooi zijn ze wel!

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Alocasia

I’m sure the Alocasia is no stranger to you. The plant comes in many shapes and sizes and originates from the tropics of Asia. Especially in India, Alocasia is often found in nature. Alocasia belongs to the Araceae family. And that is a large family! Among others the Anthurium, Zamioculcas and the Philodendron also come from this family. The most famous Alocasia plants are perhaps the Alocasia Zebrina (Elephant Ear), Alocasia Calidora and the Alocasia Pink Dragon. They are not the most easy houseplants, but they are beautiful!

Alocasia

I’m sure the Alocasia is no stranger to you. The plant comes in many shapes and sizes and originates from the tropics of Asia. Especially in India, Alocasia is often found in nature. Alocasia belongs to the Araceae family. And that is a large family! Among others the Anthurium, Zamioculcas and the Philodendron also come from this family. The most famous Alocasia plants are perhaps the Alocasia Zebrina (Elephant Ear), Alocasia Calidora and the Alocasia Pink Dragon. They are not the most easy houseplants, but they are beautiful!

Indirect sunlight

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Toxic

Repot once every 2 years

Indirect sunlight

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Toxic

Repot once every 2 years

How do you take care of an Alocasia?

The right location

The Alocasia likes to stand in a place with lots of sunlight. Not all species tolerate direct sunlight equally well. It is best to place the plant in indirect sunlight. Alocasia prefers a spot next to a window on the west or east. A spot near the south is of course also possible. Make sure that the plant is at least 2 metres away from the window. A spot near the north probably has too little light. If an Alocasia gets too little sunlight, the plant will grow long stems. The reason for this? Because of the long stems the plant hopes to reach the sunlight. However, this can be crucial for the plant. Because of the long stems the leaves can become too heavy and break off. Don’t forget to turn the Alocasia! The plant grows towards the sun. If you do not rotate the plant will only get full on one side and that is what you want to prevent.

Watering the Alocasia

If an Alocasia gets too little water, the leaf will hang limp. The stems store water in their stems! Due to too little water, the stems are not full enough to hold the leaf high. It is therefore important to always keep the soil of the Alocasia slightly moist. You can check this to put your little finger in the soil. Never let the Alocasia dry out. Not even in winter! It is best to water the Alocasia once a week all year round. In the winter it may be a smaller amount. The most important thing? Give small amounts of water, rather than a big splash at a time. The Alocasia can’t completely absorb that big shoot within one week. This can cause the Alocasia to store the excess water in the roots. The plant can then suffer from root rot. You can easily recognise root rot by the yellow leaves with brown edges. If this only occurs on the lower leaf, this is no reason to panic. The Alocasia repels the lower leaf to make new leaves.

Plant nutrition

The Alocasia uses a lot of energy from spring onwards to make new leaves. As a result, the plant needs extra nutrients. You can provide these nutrients by means of plant nutrition. We recommend giving plant nutrition once every two weeks. From spring until autumn. After autumn and in winter it is better not to give extra nutrients. In the autumn, plant nutrition can actually be harmful for the Alocasia!

Repotting

Repotting of the Alocasia is necessary every year. The plant is a fast grower, so its roots soon become too tight in the pot. We recommend repotting the Alocasia immediately after purchase. Repotting the plant every year gives it new nutrients and more room for root growth. The airier soil is also very good for the water flowing through. The best period to repot is spring.

Air purifying function

Alocasia is a light air-purifying plant. This is mainly due to the large leaves of Alocasia. The large leaf surface gives the plant extra stomata. Alocasia uses these stomata to convert CO2 into oxygen during the day. And that is always good. For you and your home.

Is the Alocasia poisonous?

The Alocasia juice can cause irritation. This irritation mainly occurs on the skin and mucous membranes. This can be dangerous for both a child and an animal. The juice can be released during the cutting, but also as soon as the leaf is eaten. Do you see that bites have been taken from the leaf? If so, pay close attention to symptoms, and contact a doctor to be sure.

Diseases and peculiarities

If the air is too dry, the Alocasia can suffer from spider mites. To prevent spider mites, it is best to use the plant sprayer once a week. Spider mites are an infection of mites on plants. You can recognise the infection by infected leaves and a kind of cobwebs. If you have come across spider mites, it is best to place the plant outside. Wind and moisture from outside will quickly keep the spider mite away.

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