Alocasia / Alocasia
Refers to the family of aroids. Fatherland is South America.
General description: Plant with very beautiful large (up to 70 cm long) leaves on erect petioles. Despite the catchy appearance, it is not common. It feels good only in the greenhouse.
Usually in the indoor setting the following species are bred:
Alocasia amazonica (Alocasia Amazonian) owns dark green leaves with bright white, sharply prominent veins.
Alocasia sanderiana (Alocasia Sander). The leaves are pointed, with a metallic outflow, the lower part of the leaf is of a purple color.
Alocasia cucullata. It has thick stems and leaves of a heart-shaped form.
Alocasia macrorbiza is high (more than 1.5 m), the leaves are similar to the heart-shaped, but not green, only a multicolored color (on the surface of the leaf there are impressive white spots).
Recommendations for plant care Alocasia:
Illumination : photophilous, but in no way tolerates direct sunlight.
In winter, additional artificial lighting is needed.
Irrigation regime: Abundant during the growth period, moderate in winter, careful, overflow can be disastrous. He does not like hard and chlorinated water.
Humidity : Requires regular spraying and wiping of leaves with a damp soft cloth.
Temperature regime: Very fond of warmth, winter and summer.
Soil: Does not adore clay soils. Recommended soil mixture: 1 share of peat, 1 share of coniferous, 1 share of leaf land and 1/2 share of sand. for Alocasia Amazonian it is allowed to add bark of pine or spruce.
During the growth period, it needs regular fertilizing (once every two weeks) with complex mineral fertilizers.
Breeding : Basically crushing during transplantation, but similar to eyes sliced from the trunk and offspring.
Transplant: In spring, young plants annually, mature 1 time per couple of years.
Pests: It is affected by a spider mite (with dry air), aphids.
The plant is allowed to help finish with a soap solution, warm rinsing and spraying with an actellite (1-2 ml per liter of water).
Alocasia - Alocasia