Alocasia Bambino
Alocasia,  Plant Care,  Propagation

Alocasia Bambino

Welcome to our guide to the Alocasia Bambino, covering care and propagation, including water, soil, humidity and temperature needs…

Alocasia Bambino Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Water every one to two weeks, letting the soil dry out slightly between waterings.
Fertilizer:A half strength balanced feed every month during the growing season.
Soil:A well-draining, organic soil.
Humidity:65% and above.
Temperature: 60-80°F (16-26°C).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Jewel Alocasia, Alocasia Bambino Arrow, Bambino Arrow.
Common issues:Root rot from overwatering.

Introduction

Alocasia Bambino also known as Alocasia amazonica Bambino is a species of Alocasia that is native to Southeast Asia. It is actually a dwarf cultivar of Alocasia amazonica that reaches only 12 inches tall. It is an evergreen herbaceous perennial that features large, ovate, dark green arrow-shaped leaves. The leaves are borne on long, slender petioles and have prominent white veins.

See also: Alocasia Sarian, Alocasia Regal Shields, Alocasia Silver Dragon, Alocasia Maharani, Alocasia Cuprea Care.

Light Needs

It does well in bright, indirect sunlight but can also tolerate some shade. It requires six hours of bright indirect light each day to flourish. If the leaves of your Alocasia Bambino start to yellow, that is a sign that it is getting too much sun.

How Often to Water Alocasia Bambino

It should be watered every one to two weeks, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Do not overwater it as it can lead to root rot. Make sure you are using filtered, or distilled water as Alocasia plants are very sensitive to fluoride and other chemicals often found in tap water.

Fertiliser

It should be fertilised every month during the growing season with a balanced, all-purpose fertiliser. Be sure to dilute the fertiliser to half-strength before applying it.

Soil

Thy require well-draining, organic soil that is high in humus. You can make your own potting mix by mixing two parts of peat moss with one part perlite.

When To Repot Alocasia Bambino

When you notice that it is becoming pot-bound, that is a sign that it’s time to repot the plant. Alocasia Bambino is usually repotted every two to three years in the spring. A pot that is only one size larger than the current pot is good for repotting.

Humidity

Humidity is an important factor for its ideal growth. They thrive in high humidity. If the humidity is too low, the leaves will start to brown and curl. You can increase the humidity around the plant by using a pebble tray or using a humidifier.

Temperature

They prefer warm temperatures and grows best at 60-80°F (16-26°C).

How To Propagate Alocasia Bambino

They can be propagated by rhizome division. You can do this by carefully removing the plant from its pot and dividing the rhizome into two or three sections. Replant the sections in individual pots. Place the rhizomes in a location with warmer temperatures, high humidity, and lots of indirect light now. Rhizomes will start rooting in 2-3 months.

Other Names

Jewel Alocasia, Alocasia Bambino Arrow, Bambino Arrow

FAQs and Common Problems

One of the most common problems is that it is susceptible to root rot. Root rot is caused by too much water and can quickly kill the plant. Alocasia Bambino is also susceptible to mealy bugs, aphids, and whiteflies. You can control these pests by spraying the Alocasia Bambino with neem oil or insecticidal soap.

Why are the leaves of my Alocasia turning yellow?

Inadequate soil moisture or over-watering can cause Alocasia leaves to turn yellow. So, keep a check on soil moisture. Don’t let it dry completely, keep it moist but not soggy.

Is Alocasia Bambino toxic to pets?

Yes, it is toxic to both pets and humans if ingested. If you suspect that your pet has ingested the plant, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Should I remove yellow leaves from Alocasia?

Wait for them to turn completely yellow and die. Once the leaf looks completely yellow, you can remove them from the plant.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

Other Articles You Might Like

There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Alocasia Sarian, Alocasia Regal Shields, Alocasia Silver Dragon, Alocasia Maharani, Alocasia Cuprea Care.

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