In this article we’ll run down how to best look after your amazing Alocasia Frydek…
Alocasia Frydek Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight|
|Watering needs:||Only water it if the top layer (half-finger depth) is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced fertilizer every 3 weeks in Spring and Summer.|
|Soil:||Well draining soil.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Green velvet alocasia, alocasia micholitziana frydek.|
|Common issues:||Overwatering. Lack of humidity.|
The alocasia frydek is my favorite alocasia with it’s really green leaves and big oversized white vein patterns. It used to be really rare but now, although not cheap, it is available fairly easily. And the good news it that is it fairly straight forward to look after as long as you meet a few care requirements which we’ll run down here…
Alocasia Frydek Light Needs
Your alocasia frydek will love bright indirect sunlight, but also do just fine down to medium light areas of your home.
How Often to Water
The best way to water your frydek is to check the soil once a week with your finger and only water it if the top layer (half-finger depth) is dry.
Use a balanced fertilizer every 3 weeks or so in the spring and summer months when the plant is growing.
A well draining soil is essential for an alocasia frydek as they can be susceptible to root rot. You can use a multi-purpose potting compost if you like but add some perlite to help it drain.
Alocasia Frydek Variegated
In recent months there have been more sightings of the infamous variegated alocasia frydek. They are amazing plants, take a look at this one we saw on Instagram below. As far as care goes, they need the same care as a normal frydek, but they need slightly more light as they cannot photosynthesize as well as completely green leaves. At the same time as this be careful to not let the white parts burn in the sun as they can also be more susceptible to sun damage. So basically you just need to be a bit more careful of it’s light requirements.
When To Repot
Repot in Spring to a bigger pot if it has outgrown it’s current container.
Alocasia Frydek Humidity
60% or more humidity is ideal for these humidity loving tropical plants. Mist them 3 or more times a week if you can.
Normal household temperatures will be just fine for your frydek. Ideal temperature is 18-25ºC (64-77ºF).
Where To Buy
Try your local plant stores, as these plants are becoming increasingly popular. Or you can try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Green velvet alocasia, alocasia micholitziana frydek.
Alocasia Frydek FAQs and Common Problems
Overwatering is a really common issue, as well as lack of humidity for frydeks, so water them only if the soil is mostly dry and add plenty of perlite to their compost for drainage. Mist them daily to increase humidity if you can.
Are They Toxic To Pets?
The alocaisa frydek is slightly toxic to pets, it can cause some oral irritation and drooling. Take vets advice if consumed (source: ASPCA).