In this article we’ll show you how to get the best out of your Alocasia Silver Dragon…
Alocasia Silver Dragon Summary
|Light needs:||Medium 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:||One of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Yellow leaves, wilting due to under or overwatering.|
The Alocasia Silver Dragon aka the alocasia baginda is a small and rare alocasia that originates from South-East Asia. It’s a really cool little plant with dragon skin textured leaves.
Medium indirect sunlight is idea for an alocasia silver dragon.
How Often to Water An Alocasia Silver Dragon
Let the top 30% of soil dry out before watering again and check it once a week. They do not like to be underwatered or overwatered so be careful.
Use a well diluted balanced feed every month in the summer months.
A loose, rich, well draining soil is ideal.
When To Repot
This alocasia will be fine without being repotted each year as they don’t mind being a bit crowded, but if their roots are poking out the bottom, you can repot them up a size. Anytime of year for this is fine, but Spring is best before the growing season, so they have a lot of time to grow into their new pot.
60%-80% humidity is ideal. These plants really love humidity, they are one to keep in a plant cabinet if you have one, or at least keep on a pebble tray. You can mist them too.
Tip: Get a humidity meter to monitor the temperature and humidity (they give maximum and minimum read outs so you know if they are falling off at night). They’re really cheap these days, under 10 euros / dollars.
15-27°C (59-81°F) is ideal for the silver dragon. They will be fine in normal home temperatures.
Where To Buy An Alocasia Silver Dragon
Support your local plant stores where you can, or try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Alocasia baginda silver dragon.
Alocasia Silver Dragon Propagation
You can grow an ASD from pieces of the rhizome or by splitting it at the base. Rhizome cuttings are fairly straight forward – you plant the rhizome like a bulb and keep it warm and moist.
To split the silver dragons at the base and take cuttings from the roots/rhizome:
- Empty the plant out of it’s current container
- Split the plants at the base: separate out individual plants with their own leaves and roots. Be careful so you don’t damage the roots.
- Plant the plants up in separate pots and water them.
You’re good to go!
Can you take a cutting from an alocasia silver dragon?
You cannot take stem cuttings, they need some of the rhizome/tuber (which is under the soil where the roots grow from) to survive.
FAQs and Common Problems
Wilting or drooping are common issues. For these issues, check the soil and if it is wet then you could well have root rot, take the plant out of it’s soil and dry the roots for a day before repotting into dry soil. It could also be due to underwatering or too much heat, so if the soil is dry then water it well. The key to both these issues is to check the plant once a week but only water it if the top layer of soil is dry.
Alocasia Silver Dragon Yellow Leaves
Yellow leaves on a silver dragon most likely indicate over watering and possibly root rot. As mentioned above, take the plant out of the pot and check that the roots are white and not brown. Move the plant to dry soil and then only water when the soil has started to dry out.
Alocasia Silver Dragon Vs Dragon Scale
The Dragon Scale is a much darker green, the silver dragon has a very light green and silvery hue.
Alocasia Silver Dragon Vs Maharani
These tow plants are similar but can be easily told apart as the Maharani (aka grey dragon) is greyer and the silver dragon is much more silvery in color.
Why Is My Alocasia Silver Dragon Drooping?
Drooping happens due to irregular watering. It can be due to over or under watering your plant. So make sure you are checking the soil regularly but only water the plan it the soil is starting to dry out.
Can Alocasia Silver Dragon Grow In Water?
They cannot grow in water alone make sure they are in a medium like soil, or leca that is well draining.
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