Alocasias make gorgeous tropical houseplants. They are a popular choice for indoor gardeners because of their large, exotic leaves and their ability to thrive in a variety of conditions.
However, one of the challenges of growing Alocasia plants is propagating them. I mean who doesn’t want more Alocasias and for free but It can be a challenge.
There are two main ways to propagate alocasia plants. By division and by corm propagation.
How to Propagate Alocasias
Division is the simplest way to propagate alocasia plants. To do this, simply remove the plant from its pot and gently divide the rhizome (underground stem) into two or more pieces. Make sure that each piece has at least one root and one leaf. Repot the divisions in individual pots and water them well.
Corm propagation is a bit more challenging, but it is a great way to propagate alocasia plants that are not producing rhizomes. To do this, remove the corms (small tubers) from the rhizome of your plant. Plant the corms in individual pots filled with moist potting mix. Water the pots well and place them in a warm, humid location or you can place the pot in a large ziplock bag to create a humid environment. The corms “should” sprout within a few weeks.
For an Alocasia grow guide read this!
- Use a sharp knife to divide the rhizome or corms. This will help to prevent damage to the plant.
- Make sure that the potting mix is moist, but not soggy.
- Place the pots in a warm, humid location.
- Be patient. It may take several weeks for the divisions or corms to sprout.
- Once the divisions or corms have sprouted, you can care for them like any other alocasia plant.
Propagating alocasia can be a difficult process so if it doesn’t work keep trying.