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Alocasia reginula, also known as black velvet alocasia or Little Queen Alocasia, is a tropical plant that is well known for its dark textured leaves with striking white veins. This small plant is easy to care for and is a great addition to any home garden.
The alocasia family includes more than 79 species that are found in tropical and subtropical regions from Asia to Eastern Australia. These plants are often used as houseplants and many are very adaptable to indoor environments.
They can be grown in a wide variety of soil types, but they prefer a coarse, well-draining potting mix with plenty of clay pebbles. This will help to keep the plant's roots from over-watering and rot.
If you're new to growing Alocasias, it can be hard to know exactly how much water your plant needs. That's because these exotic tropicals have a low tolerance for consistently wet soil. The black velvet alocasia is no exception to this rule, and it should never be allowed to sit in waterlogged soil for too long.
Light Requirements: Alocasias love bright but indirect sunlight, but direct sun can burn them. They can also tolerate a little shade, though direct exposure to strong sunlight can cause the foliage to fade.
Temperature Requirements: Alocasias like warm temperatures around 20 degrees C. This will help them grow faster and thrive more easily, but they can also go into dormancy if it gets too cold.
Humidity Requirements: Alocasias require a humidity level of 60%-70%, and they can do best with a humidifier or in a room that is naturally drier than the rest of the house. You can also mist the leaves of the plant to provide a moister environment without over-watering.
Alocasias are not prone to pest infections but can be attacked by spider mites. These pests tend to eat the plant's foliage and can be a pain in the backside.
When a plant is in the midst of an infestation, it's important to make necessary corrections while you battle the pests. You can do this by checking the plant's surroundings and adjusting its care routine until you see improvement.
Alocasias do best when fed monthly during the growing season with a liquid fertilizer that is high in nitrogen and diluted. Don't overdo it, as alocasias are sensitive to too much fertilizer and can become burned by the excess nitrogen.
Fertilize the soil in your alocasia black velvet planter every 4 weeks during the growing season, or more frequently during the summer months to promote rapid growth. You can also use a fertilizer that is formulated to improve soil health and reduce the chance of root rot.
Once your alocasia black velvet has outgrown its current pot, it's time to move it into a larger one. This is especially true if your plant has grown offshoots.
It's important to find a pot that is slightly larger than the original, because it can be difficult for this little plant to adjust to its new environment. It can take up to a year for your alocasia black velvet to settle into its new home, so be patient!