Welcome to our guide to Alocasia Bambino care, covering care and propagation, including water, soil, humidity and temperature needs. The key to caring for your bambino is to keep it humid and the soil moist.
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.|
|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.|
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.
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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.
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.
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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. For more on which soil to buy or how to make your own see our guide: Alocasia Soil.
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 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.
Tip: Keep them humid, at least 60% in the day and they’ll be ok with a bit less at night. You can buy a humidity meter (affiliate link) to keep an eye on maximum and minimum levels.
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. Each plant will have it’s own stem or two above the soil, but also be attached to the rhizome with roots underneath it. You need to take a complete small plant with roots and stems, you may need to break the rhizome but be careful to keep damage to a minimum. Replant the sections in individual pots. Place the them in a location with warmer temperatures, high humidity, and lots of indirect light to root.
Alocasia Bambino USDA Zone
Alocasia Bambino Vs Polly
They are similar plants but they can be told apart as the polly has serrated edges to its leaves the bambino has more rounded edges.
How Big Does Alocasia Bambino Get?
They can grow up to about 40cm or 15 inches.
Do Alocasia Bambino Go Dormant?
They can go dormant in winter and their growth slows down a lot. They can even die back. Mae sure you are not giving it much water at this time, always check the soil first.
Does Alocasia Bambino Like To Be Root Bound?
You should always give your plants roots room to grow, plants with crowded roots will not grow as well and they can get root rot as water collects around the tightly packed roots.
Alocasia Bambino Brown Tips
Brown tips is normally a sign of watering the plant with something it does not like, like too too strong fertilizer or really hard water. So cut back on the fertilizer and use filtered tap water for watering.
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
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