LETI [Alocasia lauterbachiana]

R 169.00

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Available Gauteng only

The Alocasia lauterbachiana is a sight for sore eyes. With her sword shaped, scalloped edged leaves she's as pretty as she is striking. Adding to her mystery are the coppery purple tones along her long stems and undersides of her leaves.  

Comes in a 16cm plastic grow pot. Decorative planters sold separately.

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Caring for Leti

Light

Alocasias do best in bright light and prefer being near a window where they can get a good dose of morning Vitamin D.

Water & humidity

Alocasias need consistently moist soil, so try not to let the soil dry out too much, but also don't let it become soggy as this can lead to fungal infections. Water less in winter. Alocasias enjoy high temperatures & humidity levels. In winter, if temps drop below 15°C, the plants can go into dormancy, dropping their leaves. But they will come back in spring.

Feeding

Alocasias are used to growing in forests with soil rich in nutrients from decaying leaf matter. Therefore they like regular feeding with organic fertiliser. They will also benefit from added 'Kraal Manure' to the soil.

Re-potting

As heavy feeders Alocasias quickly deplete the nutrients in their soil, and like to be re-potted annually with fresh potting mix. Add peat poss and pumice stones to the mix, this ensures the soil stays evenly moist without becoming dense.

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The trick is to keep the soil evenly moist without overwatering. You can even let the top layer of soil dry out a touch. Watch out for fungal diseases, which usually appear as dark brown or black spots on the leaves, surrounded by a yellowish rim. Cut away any infected leaves and wipe with neem oil. Keep away pests with a monthly spray of warm soapy water.

Quirky plant fact

There are about 70 species of Alocasia, which belongs to the Araceae plant family (genus) of flowering plants that produce flowers on a type of inflorescence called a spadix (think Arum Lily). To keep herbivores away they produce calcium oxalate crystals, which irritate the mouth. Keep away from pets & toddlers.

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