Welcome to our guide to the Alocasia Cucullata, all you need to know to care and propagate this plant, including soil, water, light and humidity.
Alocasia Cucullata Care Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check soil weekly, and water if top 50% is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||Use a balanced fertilizer every 3 or 4 weeks in the spring and summer months.|
|Soil:||A mix of orchid bark, potting soil and perlite (see: Alocasia Soil).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Chinese taro.|
|Common issues:||Overwatering which can cause leaf drop and root rot.|
Welcome to our guide to the Alocasia Cucullata aka the Chinese originally from Southern Asia.
Alocasia Cucullata Light Needs
Give them bright but indirect sunlight. No direct sun, which can burn their leaves.
Tip: Give them as much bright light as you can without direct sun to encourage those big leaves to grow huge.
Check the soil weekly, and water the plant if top 50% of soil is dry. Tip out any excess water afterwards so the plant is not standing in a saucer of wate which can waterlog it.
Use a balanced fertilizer every 3 or 4 weeks in the spring and summer months.
Alocasia Cucullata Soil
Use a mix of orchid bark, potting soil and perlite, we go into ore details here: Alocasia Soil.
Check the roots are not getting cramped about Easter time and give it a new pot if they are getting crowded.
60% is ideal. They are fairly tolerant of lower levels, but can really thrive if given 60% humidity.
Aim for 18-25ºC (64-77ºF) in the day and 10ºC (50ºF) as a minimum at night.
How to Propagate Alocasia Cucullata
You need to propagate it by division at the base, so wait unit you have a few smaller plants producing at he base and then take theme all out of the pot, divide them off, and and pot them up separately.
Is Alocasia Cucullata An Indoor Plant?
They make good indoor plants as long as you can meet their care needs, which are fairly easy going.
Alocasia Cucullata Size
hey can grow to about 2 meters (6.5 feet) tall and 2 meters wide, at maturity (which can take up to 5 years).
Why Are Alocasia Cucullata Leaves Curling?
Leaves curl due too little or too much moisture. So check the soil and humidity levels.
Is Alocasia Cucullata Toxic To Cats?
They can be toxic to dogs and cats if ingested, so seek vets advice if your pets eats it.
Yellow leaves can occur on your alocasia, but as long as it is just one leaf do not worry too much. Older leaves die off as new ones come through. This occurs until the plant is mature, as the trunk can only support a certain amount of leaves when the plant is juvenile.
Where To Buy
Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
FAQs and Common Problems
Common issues are overwatering which can cause leaf drop and root rot. Make sure the soil is not soaking and is drying out before you water it again.
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