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Alocasia | Black Velvet | Alocasia Ninja | Alocasia Reginula | Live Plants

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Symbolism

  • New Beginning, taking chances 
  • Seizing opportunities when they arise, even if risky

Notes:

  •  a rare dwarf variety sought after because of its unique black colouring and velvet leaves
  • Alocasia reginula is, literally, the Little Queen Alocasia
  •  nearly-black shade of this plant’s leaves is evolutionary. Black absorbs more light than other colors,  so, the black leaves allow it to maximize the amount of light it receives, even beneath thick canopies in the jungle.
  • Alocasia is  known as 'the tree that grows up to the heavens'
  • Alocasia  is believed to be the beanstalk that Jack climbed up in the fairytale of Jack and the Beanstalk.
  • Alocasias are native to tropical and subtropical parts of Asia and Eastern Australia. 

 

Scientific Name

Alocasia Reginula ‘Black Velvet’

Origin

Borneo, South Asia

Light Requirements

Bright, indirect light. More tolerant of lower light than many other Aroids.

Watering

Allow the top two inches of soil to dry before watering. Prone to root rot, so avoid excessively wet conditions or overpotting.

Soil

Coarse, free-draining soil. A good mix is two parts each of perlite and orchid bark to one part potting soil.

Temperature

59ºF (15ºC) to 80 (27ºC) or above; they grow faster at the higher end. Won’t tolerate temperatures below 55ºF (13ºC) and dislikes both hot and cold drafts.

Fertilizer

Feed monthly with a balanced fertilizer. Apply at half-strength if using an all-purpose preparation.

Humidity

A minimum of 40% humidity to prevent foliage problems, but 60% to 75% is the best range.

Flowering

Very unlikely to flower indoors. Flowers are unimpressive: a pale yellow spathe surrounding a white spadix spike.

Pruning

Minimal pruning required, other than to remove dead leaves.

Diseases and Pests

Spider mites are the most likely pests, but reasonably pest-resistant. Fungal leaf spot diseases can be caused by excessive humidity or watering.

Toxicity

Contains calcium oxalate crystals which can irritate the mouth and digestive system. It is toxic to humans and pets.