Alocasia Dragon Scale Care
Basic Alocasia Dragon Scale Care
Alocasia Dragon Scale are rare so you really want to get their care right once you have found one but luckily, they aren’t super fussy. Below you will find our complete Alocasia Dragon Scale care guide with everything you need to know!
Bright Indirect Light
I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.
I don't like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I'm after.
I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.
I like a mix that includes peat moss and perlite as these prevent my roots from becoming water-logged.
Detailed Alocasia Dragon Scale Care Information
Whether you're looking to make sure your Alocasia Dragon Scale is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.
Keep them away from direct sunlight
Alocasia Dragon Scale plants need bright but indirect light to thrive. Make sure they don’t receive any direct light (especially during summer) as this can scorch the leaves. They can tolerate some lower light levels but growth will be slower and smaller.
Keep the soil slightly moist
Alocasia Dragon Scale like to have some moisture in the soil but are sensitive to overwatering. This is why we recommend a little but often approach to watering to avoid waterlogged soil and root rot. Monitor the moisture levels in the soil throughout the seasons and adjust your watering accordingly.
They need a well-draining potting mix
To avoid waterlogged soil, make sure you pot your Alocasia Dragon Scale in a well-draining mix. Perlite and peat moss based mixes are ideal as they aid aeration and drainage.
Alocasia Dragon Scales like humidity!
It’s important that you keep a moderate level of humidity around your Alocasia Dragon Scale as they will struggle in homes with dry air. Misting or pebble trays are a great way to increase the humidity.
Never fertilise in winter
Whilst you may choose to fertilise during spring and summer, hold off during the colder darker months. This is because growth will be slow or stagnant. When fertilising we recommend using a water-soluble fertiliser at less than recommend strength to avoid fertiliser burn.
Propagate by division of the mother plant
The most successful way to propagate a Alocasia Dragon Scale plant is by diving the plant into several smaller plants. Make sure that each plant has an equal segment of the root system to ensure survival. You can use a root powder or gel to encourage new roots!
Alocasia Dragon Scale are toxic
Unfortunately, Alocasia Dragon Scale plants are toxic to both pets and humans. They can cause mouth ulsers and stomach issues if ingested so keep them out of reach of pets and children.
Common Problems with your Alocasia Dragon Scale
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
Alocasia Dragon Scale plants are very sensitive to impurities in the water so may be reacting to high levels of fluoride and other minerals in the tap water. This is especially common in hard water areas. Use purified or rain water on your Alocasia Dragon Scale in future.
During winter, most houseplants will go dormant and growth will be slower. However, it can also occur that your Alocasia Dragon Scale isn’t growing during spring and summer. This happens sometimes with Alocasia plants even if they are getting the ideal amount of light, water, warmth and humidity. So long as the leaves don’t look unhealthy and the soil moisture is fine, there is nothing to worry about.
There are several factors that may cause your Alocasia Dragon Scale to die. Firstly, check the obvious factors of sunlight, water, warmth and humidity to see if something isn’t quite right for your plant. Then check the leaves for any visible signs of pests. You may be able to spot the bugs or any holes/ yellow patches they leave behind. Pests will slowly eat and suck away at your plant’s leaves which will slowly kill your plant if not treated.
Alocasia Dragon Scale plants can lose leaves for a variety of reasons. Firstly, shock caused by moving your plant to a new spot in your home (or a new home entirely). After a few weeks your plant should adjust and return to normal health. Your plant might also be losing leaves due to watering issues so check the soil to see if the mix is overly dry or soggy and adjust your watering habits accordingly.
This can be quite a common problem for Alocasia Dragon Scale parents as it is often caused by overwatering. Waterlogged soil can cause the roots to rot meaning your plant isn’t getting the nutrients and water it needs and will start to lose leaves.
Yellow Alocasia Dragon Scale leaves can also be caused by direct sunlight which scorches and burns the leaves. Monitor the amount of light your plant is getting and move to another spot if necessary. Be especially careful with direct light exposure in summer as the sun is a lot stronger and out for longer each day.
Brown tips are most commonly caused by a lack of humidity. You will find this across many houseplant types and happens to even the best plant parents. Try to regularly mist your plant to increase the humidity level.