We run down how to care for a variegated alocasia…
Variegated Alocasia Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check soil once a week, water if the top 50% is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced fertilizer every month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A rich well draining potting compost.|
|Where to buy:||Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Over and underwatering.|
A beautifully white variegated version of the classic elephant ear. It is a really impressive plant that will always demand attention due to it’s white and green splashes.
Plenty of indirect sunlight will be best for your variegated alocasia. You have to be really careful not to burn the white areas of the leaf with direct sunlight.
How Often to Water
Check the soil once a week and then water it if the top 50% of soil is dry. They don’t want to fully dry out but neither should they sit in soggy soil.
Variegated Alocasia Fertilizer
Feed your variegated alocasia a balanced fertilizer every month in spring and summer. Make sure the first time you feed them you dilute the feed well in case of burn.
A rich well draining potting compost is best. If you use a standard potting mix, then add about 20% perlite for drainage.
When To Repot
Alocasias like to be a little root bound so do not worry about regularly repotting. But It’s a good idea to check them at about Easter time to see if the roots are crowded and pot them up a size if needed as they will grow better with adequate root space.
60% humidity is ideal, which is higher than most households so you’ll need to up it for the best conditions. But alocasias can tolerate a a bit lower, make sure to at least mist them occasionally.
Variegated Alocasia Temperature
15-30°C (59-86°F), which means they’ll do well in most homes. They can get colder at night and still be fine.
How To Propagate Variegated Alocasia
You can propagate variegated alocasia by dividing it at the base when smaller pups have appeared. Take them all out of the soil and split them at the rhizome. Then pot the plants up separately.
Variegated Alocasia Odora Vs Macrorrhiza
When mature you can tell the difference as the odora is small with more rounded leaved but the mature macrorrhiza gets big and has pointier leaves.
Where To Buy
Other Names For A Variegated Alocasia
Variegated elephant ear.
FAQs and Common Problems
Yellow leaves are a common issue, they could be due to either over or underwatering. Check the soil and you’ll know which one it is. You need to make sure the plant has enough water, but that it does not sit in soggy soil.