The Alocasia Macrorrhiza is a big gorgeous tropical houseplant. It can take up a big empty corner if you let it. If you are starting with a small plant it can take a while to get that big giant beauty but If you keep up with a good care routine your plant will thrive and become the plant you’ve always wanted it to be! Once you get the hang of it they are a pretty easy plant to grow but they are not for beginners in my opinion.
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How to grow Alocasia Macrorrhiza
- Bright indirect light: Alocasia macrorrhiza prefers bright indirect light. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as this can scorch its leaves. If you do not have access to bright indirect light, you can supplement your plant’s light with a grow light.
- Warm temperatures: Alocasia macrorrhiza likes warm temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid placing your plant near drafts or air conditioning vents.
- High humidity: Alocasia macrorrhiza requires high humidity to thrive. If your home is dry, you can increase the humidity around your plant by providing a humidifier.
- Moist soil: Alocasia macrorrhiza likes moist soil, but it does not like to sit in water. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. Be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.
- Well-draining soil: Alocasia macrorrhiza prefers a well-draining potting mix that is rich in organic matter. You can use a pre-made potting mix for alocasias or make your own by mixing together equal parts potting mix, peat moss, and perlite.
- Regular fertilization: Fertilize your Alocasia macrorrhiza plant every two weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Dilute the fertilizer to half strength before applying it to your plant. During fall and winter your plant isn’t typically growing as quickly and doesn’t need fertilized as regularly.
- Repotting: Alocasia macrorrhiza is a fast grower and may need to be repotted every year or two. Repot your plant in the spring, using a pot that is one size larger than its current pot.
For a full Alocasia Growing Guide read this!
When you learn how to properly grow alocasia macrorrhiza you will be rewarded with gorgeous foliage and a very happy healthy plant for years to come!