Propagation

How to propagate an Alocasia Dragon Scale plant

The once rare Alocasia Dragon Scale plant is becoming more and more common in plant shops across the world and has quickly become one of our favourite houseplants!

How to propagate an Alocasia Dragon Scale plant

The once rare Alocasia Dragon Scale plant is becoming more and more common in plant shops across the world and has quickly become one of our favourite houseplants! As the demand for this plant has increased, getting a hold of them can still be a challenge so the best way to make more is to propagate the Alocasias you already have. 

Propagating your Alocasia Dragon Scale isn’t tricky as they can be divided through their rhizomes. Don’t worry if you have never done this kind of propagation before, this post will guide you through each and every step. We even have the answers to the most commonly asked questions as well as some fixes to common issues you may discover along the way to help your Alocasia Dragon Scale propagation be a success.

Why propagate your Alocasia Dragon Scale?

There are several reasons why you might choose to propagate your Alocasia Dragon Scale. The main one is simply wanting to multiply the number of plants you have without actually having to buy any more. Who can say no to free plants?! Plant cuttings also make great gifts for friends, especially when it might be hard for them to get their hands on their own Alocasia Dragon Scale. You can also make a little bit of spare cash selling these back to plant shops and nurseries if they are looking to grow their Alocasia offering. 

Another reason why many plant parents choose to propagate because they’ve noticed part of the plant is showing signs of illness or unhappiness. We are always strong believers in trying to revive your plants rather than giving up at the first brown leaf. But if your revival efforts have been in vain and your Alocasia Dragon Scale is continuing to die, propagating the healthy parts of the plant is the best way to go. Just make sure that you are propagating healthy sections as any illnesses will transfer onto the new plant.

What tools will I need to propagate my Alocasia Dragon Scale?

We always like to start off our propagation guides with the easy part; the tools and things you’ll need. It’s important to make sure you have everything on hand before making the first cut!

 

  • Healthy and mature Alocasia Dragon Scale

  • Sharp scissors/shears

  • Spare pot(s)

  • Fresh soil and water

  • Newspaper or plastic sheet

What are the different methods I can use to propagate my Alocasia Dragon Scale?

One of the reasons propagating Alocasia Dragon Scale plants is so easy is because there is only one real method of propagation. Often plant parents won’t know what the best method is and can sometimes choose the wrong one for their plant. However, the only proper way you can propagate your Alocasia Dragon Scale is through the division of the mother plant and its rhizomes. Below you’ll find a step by step guide to this method to ensure success.

How to propagate Alocasia Dragon Scale plants through division

 

  • 1

    Locate the various offshoots 

    When looking for a part of the plant to divide you’ll need to take your Alocasia Dragon Scale out of its pot to see the rhizomes. These are natural divisions within the plant’s root systems where the stems grow from. Be careful when lifting your plant out of its pot as you don’t want to cause any damage to the stems or leaves.

  • 2

    Separate the sections 

    Now that you have determined the natural sections of your Alocasia Dragon Scale, you can choose how many new plants you want/can create from the mother plant. Run your fingers through the soil to remove some of it from the root system. You may have to trim roots or slice the plants apart if they aren’t detangling easily.

  • 3

    Place in water or fresh potting mix

    Pot the main mother plant back into its original pot (or downsize if you have taken a substantial amount of the overall plant away) and decide whether you want to place the offshoot in water first or straight into potting mix. This depends on the size of the cutting and the maturity of the root system.

    If the offshoot has quite mature roots then it will be totally fine growing in potting mix already. However, if you feel the roots need to grow a little more then we recommend placing your new Alocasia Dragon Scale into water as a middle step.

  • 4

    Continue normal care

    If your cutting is now in fresh potting mix then you can care for it as you would your other Alocasia Dragon Scale. If it is in water first you want to refresh that water every couple of days and repot into potting mix once the roots have matured a little.

Alocasia Dragon Scale Propagation FAQs

Here’s a few of the most common questions we find people have when looking to propagate their Alocasia Dragon Scale.

Common problems when propagating Alocasia Dragon Scale plants

Propagating plants, including Alocasia Dragon Scales, won’t always go smoothly and sometimes you will encounter a few issues along the way. We recommend keeping an eye on your new plant every day for a while to give you the best chance at spotting any issues early on. Below we have covered all of the most common issues you may face when propagating Alocasia Dragon Scales.

We hope you have found this complete guide to Alocasia Dragon Scale propagation useful. Propagating by division is often the easiest and most successful method so you should have new mature Alocasia Dragon Scales in no time! 

Check out our full Alocasia Dragon Scale care guide to find all the information on how to continue to care for your new plants.

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