Alocasia Regal Shields
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Alocasia Regal Shields

We cover all you need to know about the impressive alocasia regal shields…

Alocasia Regal Shields Care Summary

Light needs:Indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check weekly, water if top 50% of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A  balanced fertilizer every 3 weeks in spring and summer.
Soil:A mix of orchid bark, potting compost and perlite in equal parts.
Humidity:60%.
Temperature:15-30°C (59-86°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Overwatering and underwatering.

Introduction

The alocasia regal shields is known for its dark, shield shaped leaves. If you are after an ‘elephant ear’ type plant this is one that sticks out due to its dark green / purply hue.

See also: Alocasia Care, Alocasia Azlanii, Alocasia Tiny Dancer, Alocasia Dark Star.

Light Needs

Give it plenty of indirect sunlight. But try to avoid direct sun.

How Often To Water An Alocasia Regal Shields

Check the soil of your alocasia regal shields every week with your finger and only water it if the top 50% of soil is dry.

Fertilizer

Feed your plant a balanced fertilizer every 3 weeks in spring and summer, you do not need to feed it in the winter.

Soil

A rich well draining potting compost is essential, I would use a mix of orchid bark, potting compost and perlite in equal parts will work well.

When To Repot

Check them yearly to see if the roots are crowded and pot them up a size if needed. The best time of year to do this is in spring, before they start to grow for the year.

Humidity

60% is ideal, they really like it humid. The leaves can crisp up if not given enough.

Temperature

A good range is 15-30°C (59-86°F), so they’ll be fine in most homes as long as you don’t let them get too cold.

Alocasia Regal Shields Propagation

The best way to propagate an alocasia regal shields is with separation at the roots. You’ll need a plant that has a small pup at the base, and is already dividing into more plants.

Follow these steps to propagate an alocasia regal shields:

  1. Take the plant out of it’s container and get rid of as much soil from the roots as you can, carefully.
  2. Find the pup that you want to separate out, and very carefully pull it away from the plant plan.
  3. It is important to make sure the new plant comes away with it’s own root system. Try to limit damage to the roots as much as you can.
  4. Let the plant’s wounds heal for a few hours.
  5. Plant each plant up separately.
  6. You’re done!

Alocasia Regal Shield Drooping

Both over watering and underwatering can cause drooping. If you water the plant well (check it regularly, but only water it if it needs it) you should avoid both these issues. If the plant is drooping due to root rot, and the soil is wet, take it out of it’s soil, and let the roots dry for half a day, then pot it up in dry soil. If you have any smaller plants growing round the base you can separate them out at this point, in case the root rot takes hold.

Alocasia Regal Shield Scientific Name

Alocasia odora×Alocasia reginula

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs And Common Problems

Over and underwatering are issues, for an alocasias like this, so heck the plant weekly but only water it if the soil has mostly dried out.

Alocasia Regal Shield Vs Wentii

The alocasia regal shield and wentii are very similar in size and leaf shape but the regal shield has darker color leaves.

Alocasia Regal Shield Vs Elephant Ear

The alocasia regal shield is similar to the elephant ear alocasia, as they are related. In fact the regal shield is a hybrid mix of the elephant ear and the alocasia reginula. The elephant ears are much lighter green.

Why Is My Alocasia Regal Shield Drooping?

Drooping is most commonly caused by by overwatering the plant. It can also be due to too little water. You need to check the soil weekly and only water it if needed.

Does Alocasia Regal Shield Go Dormant?

The plants can go dormant in winter and stop growing, be careful not to overwater them during this time. As they’ll need a lot less when dormant.

How Big Do Alocasia Regal Shields Get?

It can grow up to 1.5 meters tall (5 feet).

Other Articles You Might Like

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