Alocasia bambino 'Arrow'
The Alocasia bambino is a real looker with glossy dark leaves and striking silver-green veins, making it a coveted plant.
Comes in a 14cm grow pot. Decorative planters sold separately.
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Alocasias do best in bright light, but not direct.
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.
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.
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 perlite stones to the mix, this ensures the soil stays evenly moist without becoming dense.
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.
There are about 70 Alocasia sepcies, which belong to the Araceae plant family (genus), producing 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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