The once rare Green Velvet Alocasia (also known as the Alocasia Frydek) is popping up in plant stores more and more recently. Below you will find all the information you need to easily care for your Green Velvet Alocasia.
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 need soil specifically for indoor plants as it will retain the right amount of water.
Whether you're looking to make sure your Green Velvet Alocasia is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.
Whilst they can tolerate an hour or two direct light, it is best to keep your Green Velvet Alocasia in a spot with amble indirect light to avoid problems such as leaf burn or hotspot damage.
How much you water your Green Velvet Alocasia really depends on the season and the temperature. You want to hold off watering a lot during winter but increase the regularity during summer. They don’t like their soil to dry out completely but also are sensitive to root rot so it might take a little while to figure out what works best for your plant.
Green Velvet Alocasia prefer to be in temperatures upwards of 65F (18C) and will struggle with anything colder. Make sure to keep your plant away from drafty windows or doors or the outside air will shock and damage your plant during winter.
When caring for your Green Velvet Alocasia, it’s important to increase the humidity. Otherwise, you risk drying the leaves out. A few simple ways to do this is misting, showering, using a pebble tray or investing in a humidifier.
If you want to successfully propagate your Green Velvet Alocasia, we recommend dividing the mother plant into several smaller plants. Make sure that each offcut has a good section of the root system to give it a good chance of survival.
If you want to fertilise your Green Velvet Alocasia, we recommend using a water-soluble feed about once a month to every 6 weeks during spring and summer. It’s super important that you stop fertilising your plant during the colder darker months as growth will be stagnant.
You want to keep your Green Velvet Alocasia away from pets and children as they are toxic when ingested.
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.
The most common reason a Green Velvet Alocasia will develop yellow leaves is overwatering. A good way to spot this is if it starts from the lowest leaves. Check the moisture in the soil to check and replace if waterlogged. Soggy soil also gives off a damp and musty smell so get up close to your plants every now and again.
Another cause of yellow leaves on a Green Velvet Alocasia is direct light. During summer when the sun can be quite intese, it may be scorching the leaves which shows up as yellow patches on the leaf. The best thing to do is move your plant to a shadier spot and trim off the worst affected leaves.
There are quite a few reasons why your Green Velvet Alocasia might be drooping. We would always start off by looking at watering issues so check the soil to see if there is too much or too little moisture. Other reasons include shock from being moved to a new spot, cold drafts or pests (this would usually be accompanied by damaged leaves which fall off the plant).
Brown leaf edges or tips on a Green Velvet Alocasia are often caused by a lack of humidity. An easy way to fix this is by misting the plant several times a week, using a pebble tray or investing in a humidifier.
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