Alocasia Black Velvets are a must have for any aroid collector. Dark, velvety leaves combined with startling white veins create the perfect plant to command attention.
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Height: Up to 16in
Spread: Up to 10in
Light: Bright, indirect
Zone: 9b - 11
Pet Safe: Toxic if ingested. Keep away from children and pets.
CareGeneral Maintenance: Don't repot unless this plant has become overly root bound. They prefer to be in pots that are quite "snug".
Temperature: Room temperatures that average 18-24ºC and no lower than 12ºC. Avoid drafts and sudden temperature changes.
Light: This plant prefers bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sun as this will scorch their delicate leaves.
Watering: Water once the upper layer of soil is dry. You can test this by putting your finger into the soil up to your middle knuckle - if it feels dry, water! In the winter, water even less. This plant is prone to root rot. This plant also loves extra humidity. Provide this by misting or using a pebble tray or humidifier.
Fertilizer: Use a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season (May to Aug). Don't fertilize during the winter.
Soil: Alocasias prefer a well draining soil. This can be achieved by creating a chunky mix via adding perlite and orchid bark to a standard, well draining potting soil.