Our ultimate guide to the alocasia dark star…
Alocasia Dark Star Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check once a week and water when top 30% of soil dry.|
|Fertilizer:||Feed a well diluted balanced feed once a month in the summer.|
|Soil:||A loose, well draining soil.|
|Where to buy:||Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Under and over watering.|
The alocasia dark star is a big, dark leaved elephant ear alocasia. It is a dominating and impressive plant.
Medium to bright indirect sunlight is optimal for the dark star, they do ok back from the window in a bright room.
How Often to Water
Check your plant once a week and let the top 30% of soil dry out before watering again.
Alocasia Dark Star Fertilizer
Feed a well diluted balanced feed once a month in the summer.
Use a loose, well draining soil. The alocasia dark star likes water, but does not like to sit in soggy soil.
When To Repot
Repot it when it gets root bound and outgrows its current pot.
Alocasia Dark Star Humidity
60% humidity is ideal. But elephant ear alocasias like this are quite tolerant of different humidity levels, they are often grown outside.
The temperature range 18-25ºC (64-77ºF) is optimal for the dark star.
Alocasia Dark Star Vs Black Stem
The alocasia dark star is a hybrid of the black stem, but it grows bigger with much bigger leaves. The black stem is smaller and has more heart-shaped leaves.
How To Propagate Alocasia Dark Star
The best way to propagate an alocasia dark star is to split off the smaller ‘pups’ from the base and pot them up separately. Just to damage the rhizome and roots as little as possible.
Alocasia Dark Star Scientific Name
It’s scientific name is alocasia dark star. It’s a hybrid between two other alocasias, you can read more on it at the patent application.
Where To Buy
Support your local plant store where possible, if not, try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Other Names For An Alocasia Dark Star
Dark star elephant ear.
FAQs and Common Problems
They are commonly under and over watered and these problems show on their big leaves. Drooping, yellowing and browning of leaves could indicate these issues. In any of these cases check the soil and you’ll know which one it is. Maintaining a regular watering schedule is important to stop these issues: check the pant weekly but only water if needed.