There are a few things you need to do to care for an alocasia maharani, we run through them below in this care guide…
Alocasia Maharani Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Let the top 30% of soil dry out before watering again.|
|Fertilizer:||Diluted balanced feed every month in summer.|
|Soil:||A loose, rich, well draining soil.|
|Where to buy:||Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Lack of humidity issues like crispy leaves.|
The alocasia maharani is a small, grey dragon-scaley alocasia. It is an amazing little rare houseplant that is in high demand due to how awesome it is! This is very much a wishlist plant.
Bright indirect sunlight is ideal to get the best growth. No direct sunlight though as it can burn the leaves.
How Often to Water
Let the top 30% of soil dry out before watering again. You want the plant to be moist but not wet, the roots should not sit in waterlogged soil. They are prone to root rot, so be careful and make sure that you let all the excess water drain out after watering.
Tip: empty out water from the saucer 10 minutes after watering to avoid a soggy bottom!
Alocasia Maharani Fertilizer
Feed your alocasia maharani a well diluted balanced feed every month in summer months.
A loose, rich, well draining soil. The plant should sit in airy compost that gives them just enough water without letting them sit in heavy waterlogged soil.
For more on which soil to buy or how to make your own see our guide: Alocasia Soil.
When To Repot
Let your alocasia maharani get a little bit root bound before repotting it, they are ok with being crowded.
60%-80% humidity – alocasia maharani really like high humidity, a humidifier is ideal, if not use a wet pebble tray under the plant, and mist them regularly.
15-27°C (59-81°F) is the ideal temperature range for an alocasia maharani, they will do well in any home.
Alocasia Maharani Vs Melo
The maharani and melo look really similar, but the maharani has veins on it that are lighter than the rest of the leaf, but the melo does not.
Alocasia Maharani Vs Black Velvet
These platns are similar but you can tell them apart as the black velvet has much darker and more velvety leaves than the maharani, and the maharani has thicker leaves.
Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon
The Maharani is also known as the alocasia grey dragon. They are the same plant.
Alocasia Maharani Vs Silver Dragon
The Silver Dragon is another name for the alocasia maharani.
How To Propagate
The best way to propagate a maharani is through division at the base. So wait until you have a few pups at the base, then take the plant our of it’s pot and separate out the smaller plants and then pot them all up separately.
Are They Toxic To Cats?
They are mildly to moderately toxic to pets if consumed, so seek vets advice if your dog or cat eats any.
How Big Does Alocasia Maharani Get?
They do not grow very big, they are small plants, most plants do not reach a foot (30cm) high.
Where to Buy
Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Grey Dragon, Silver Dragon.
FAQs and Common Problems
Crispy leaves due to lack of humidity is a common issue. Try to give the plant as much humidity as you can up to 80%.
How Big Does It Get?
The alocasia maharani will grow to about a foot tall (30cm), maybe a little over, they do not grow very tall.