Alocasia, a concentrate of exoticism

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Among the plants that have the power to transform our interior into an urban jungle, alocasia holds a place of choice. With its huge ribbed leaves perched on long stems, this plant invites us on an express trip to the tropical forests of Asia. Borneo? Immediate boarding!

 

Alocasia: sublime ribbed leaves

In South-East Asia we see strange plants that look like huge arrows bristling on long stalks. Gigantic, very ribbed and sometimes hemmed, the leaves of alocasias spontaneously evoke the shape of elephant ears, so much so that they are nicknamed in everyday language.

The many varieties of the alocasia genus are all distinguished by their sublime foliage with a very pronounced character, even if they are not all alike. Some are dark green with ribbons of white, others are entirely light green or variegated cream, others have bluish highlights…

In their natural environment, elephant ears often reach several meters high. Fortunately, some smaller varieties can pass the front door to invite themselves into our interiors, bringing with it some of the tropical vibe …

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The alocasia, how to cultivate it?

In full trend “urban jungle”, the alocasia is more and more about him and seduced by its graphic patterns of unquestionable originality. But we are not going to lie, this tropical plant is not easy to keep alive long apartment. If the experience tempts you, start by finding a place very bright, but without direct sun, no drafts, no heating nearby.

Once the ideal location is found, use and abuse your fogger day after day to make your alocasia feel at home in the rainforest.Finally, water it regularly to keep the soil moist, without allowing the soil to dry between two waterings, unlike most other green plants. If you are worried about forgetting, choose a pot of water that you will take care of filling from early spring to early fall. In summer, bring nutrients by adding fertilizer to the water twice a month.

On the other hand, pay attention, during the period of rest, your alocasia is likely to suffer from an excess of watering (the plant is capricious!); it is then necessary to wait ten days between two waterings, and to leave the empty tank several days in a row … Finally last thing: the alocasia is a toxic plant which can produce a liquid which drops of its leaves. Never put it near children and avoid putting it on parquet.

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Despite these constraints of culture, alocasia seduces by its originality and its very drawn lines. For a design effect, choose a plain contemporary pot, with raw and authentic raw material.

For a more ethnic effect, place it in a large wicker basket, possibly with tribal patterns. Isolated, your alocasia will highlight its exotic silhouette, but do not hesitate to place it next to other XXL plants like Monstera deliciosa to play the map of the inner jungle!