Welcome to our guide to the Alocasia Low Rider plant care and propagation.
The key to getting the best out of this plant is moist soil and decent humidity: aim for 60%.
Alocasia Low Rider Care Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check the plant weekly and only water it if the top 25% of soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||Feed it a balanced plant feed once a month in the summer months.|
|Soil:||A well draining soil with perlite for drainage.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.|
|Other names:||Alocasia Portora.|
|Common issues:||Overwatering and underwatering.|
Alocasia low rider is a dwarf version of the alocasia portora. We run down all you need to know…
Tip: we recommend Etsy for buying plants. Look for the best rated seller you can, and try to buy as close to your home as possible so the plant does not travel too far.
Alocasia Low Rider Light Needs
Bright indirect sunlight is ideal. They tend to do well under constant conditions like a grow light. Don’t give them direct sub as it can burn the leaves.
How Often To Water
Check the plant weekly and only water it if the top 25% of soil is dry. They do not want to be soaking, but like to be moist.
Tip: they like to keep moist, but not soaking, check the plant regularly and water it when it stats to dry out, but let all the excess water drain off so you don’t overwater it, which can lead to root rot.
Feed it a balanced plant feed once a month in the summer months. They will grow quicker and fuller if you feed them.
A well draining soil with plenty of perlite for drainage. I give my alocasias a mix of orchid bark, perlite, and potting compost in equal parts. For more on which soil to buy or how to make your own see our guide: Alocasia Soil.
When To Repot
Check them yearly and pot them up a size if the roots are crowded.
Alocasia Low Rider Humidity
60% is ideal. They like humidity. Using a pebble tray of humidifier is better and more constant than misting. Humidity is important for this plant to thrive. They do not do well in low humidities.
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.
Aim for 15-30°C (59-86°F) during the day. Try to keep above 10°C (50°F) as a minimum at night or in the winter.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
It is toxic to cats if they eat it. Seek vets advice straight away if your pet eats any.
Alocasia Low Rider Yellow Leaves
With alocasias they will often drop the oldest leaf as a new one comes, so if it is the oldest leaf then do not worry, then turn yellow and fall off when new growth comes. They will stop doing this eventually when mature, as the trunk will be able to support more leaves.
Also, yellow leaves can be caused from over or under watering, so make sure you adjust your watering check the soil regularly, but only water it if needed.
Alocasia Low Rider Botanical Name
Alocasia Portora ‘Low Rider’.
Alocasia Low Rider Propagation
The best way to propagate an alocasia low rider is by separating it out when it produces pups at the base of the main plant. You need a plant that is big enough to separate out, so some patience may be needed here, wait until it is big enough. Then you need to remove the pot and as much soil as you can. Then being really careful separate off a plant and pot it up separately.
Alocasia Low Rider USDA Zone
Where To Buy
FAQs And Common Problems
Be careful of both over and underwatering, check the soil weekly and you should be ok.
- More info on the Missouri Botanical Garden page.
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