The Alocasia Regal Shields is a hybrid cross between Black Velvet and Ordata, taking it's velvety black colour from one and its magnitude from the other. Giant black velvety heart-shaped leaves with slightly ruffled edges and reddish undersides - now who wouldn't want to own this plant?
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Height: 4ft - 5ft
Spread: 4ft - 5ft
Light: Bright indirect
Zone: 10 - 11
Pet Safe: Toxic if ingested. Keep away from pets and children.
CareGeneral Maintenance: Repot in the spring if the plant has become quite root bound. These are usually propagated by dividing the plant when it's being re-potted in spring.
Temperature: Average temperatures between 17ºC - 30ºC are ideal for this plant. Do not go any lower than 16º C for night time temperatures. Room tempurature is ideal.
Light: Needs bright conditions, but no direct sun. Bright indirect light conditions are preferred.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist during the growing season. Water less in the winter. These plants like extra humidity so consider a weekly misting or using a pebble tray filled with water.
Fertilizer: Feed with a diluted balanced fertilizer every 2 weeks during the growing season (May-Aug) and stop during the other months.
Soil: Requires loamy, rich organic soil. A pH between 5.5 and 7.0.