← Back to Blog

How to Care For Your New Alocaisa - Our Best Un-Kept Secrets

How to Care For Your New Alocaisa - Our Best Un-Kept Secrets

Boasting some of the most coolest foliage in the houseplant world, the Alocasia is an increasingly popular addition to Australian homes due to its notable visual appeal.

These strikingly shaped indoor plants are commonly called ‘Kris’ plants due to the classic wavy leaf margins that resemble Javanese knives. These were the ones used to stab enemies and designed to inflict maximum damage. Fortunately the leaves of Alocasia are soft and yielding!

The most recognisable species of Alocasia is ‘amazonica’ which became the trendiest plant in the 1950’s. 

Amazonica would be seen everywhere but for the fact that it is not an easy plant to care for; get it wrong and you’ll be looking for easier plants in no time. They look fab then drab in a flash. As winter approaches the plants shut down and look disappointing. Alocasia's will go through a dormancy period and will require less frequent waterings as the soil will take longer to dry.

Eke my Alocasia lost all his leaves! Should I chuck him?

Don't throw him out! Unlike many other low-light tropical plants, the Alocasia will bounce back, yep even if they have lost all their leaves. This is due to the reserve energy they store in their thick tubers. If your plant is looking a bit worse for wear, pop him outdoors in the shade, he will come back with a vengeance!

Alocasia's can be susceptible to root rot and fungal infections if their soil doesn't have proper drainage and becomes waterlogged, so we can't stop preaching  how important it is to pot these plants in a vessel with a drainage hole. 

If you want to keep that conversation piece happy there are a few strict rules as how to care for your Alocasia:

  • Keep them in a well-lit position but not direct sunlight.
  • Watering- like Baby Bears porridge, not too wet, not too dry, just right. A little often like all good love.
  • Alocasias can be sensitive to salts, minerals, and chlorine in tap water, which causes spotting. Let the water sit for 24 hours in a bucket or your watering can before giving it to the plant. This will allow for some of the unwanted materials to evaporate. Alternately, use distilled water.
  • Keep humidity up. These originate in the tropics so replicate where you can. Dry air spells disaster. A humidifier might just become your next best friend.
  • Keep the plant away from the dry air that is emitted by heaters and air conditioners.
  • Keep it warm. 15 degrees C is your minimum. Pay attention to this as winter approaches.
  • Killing with kindness happens often. A weak solution of seaweed solution regularly is the way to proceed rather than great lumps of fertiliser.
  • The leaves can become top heavy on their slender stems. If your plant begins to droop, it can be a sign of the plant having too little light, too much or too little water in the soil, or not enough nutrients. The plant will right itself over time but you also can stake the stems while it recovers.
  • Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides and dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesise efficiently. When dusting the leaves, also take the opportunity to inspect the undersides and keep an eye out for pests.

So, this is a standout plant guaranteed to impress but will resent your inattention in a spectacular fashion. 

Plant Calculator Close
Plants In A Box Logo

Before you grow..

Subscribe to our newsletter for growing tips and tricks + a discount on your first plant order (woohoo!).

Our Plant Promise (to you).

We take care in growing and packaging our plants so they will arrive in amazing condition (we've sent plants to over 20,000 happy customers!).

If by random chance your plants don't arrive in great shape, never fear. Email our customer service team and we will either replace the plants pronto or refund the purchase price back to you. All you need to do is notify us within 24hrs of your order arriving.

Continue Shopping
Your Cart