Alocasia / Alocasia
It belongs to the aroid family. Fatherland - South America.
General description: A plant with very beautiful large (up to 70 cm long) leaves on erect petioles. Despite the catchy look, spread a bit. Feels good only in the greenhouse.
Usually in room conditions the following types are bred:
Alocasia amazonica (Alocasia Amazonian) owns dark green leaves with bright white, sharply distinguished veins.
Alocasia sanderiana (Alocasia Sander). The leaves are pointed, with a metallic sheen, the lower portion of the leaf is purple.
Alocasia cucullata (Alocasia klobuchkovaya). It has thick stems and leaves heart-shaped.
Alocasia macrorbiza (Alocasia large-root) stem is high (more than 1.5 m), the leaves are similarly heart-shaped, but in no way green, only of a multi-colored color (there are impressive snow-white spots on the leaf surface).
Recommendations for the care of the plant Alokaziya:
Illumination : Light-loving, but does not tolerate direct sunlight.
In winter, it needs additional artificial light.
Watering mode: Abundant in the period of growth, moderate in winter, cautious, overflow can be disastrous. Does not like hard and chlorinated water.
Humidity : Requires regular spraying and wiping the leaves with a damp soft cloth.
Temperature mode: It loves the heat, in winter and summer.
Soil: Does not like clay soil. Recommended soil mash: 1 share of peat, 1 share of coniferous, 1 share of leafy soil and 1/2 share of sand. for Amazonian alokaziya, it is allowed to add pine bark or spruce.
During the period of growth it needs regular fertilizing (once in two weeks) with complex mineral fertilizers.
Breeding : Mainly by crushing during transplantation, but similar to the eyes cut from the trunk and the offspring.
Transplantation: In spring, young plants annually, mature 1 time per couple years.
Pests: Affected by spider mites (with dry air), aphids.
The plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water, warm washing and spraying actellic (1-2 ml per liter of water).
Alocasia - Alocasia