Alocasia reginula, also known as the Black Velvet or Jewel Alocasia, is a stunning and exotic plant native to Southeast Asia. Here are some care tips to help your Alocasia reginula thrive:
Light: Alocasia reginula prefers bright, indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can damage the leaves, while too little light can cause stunted growth.
Water: Keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water your Alocasia reginula when the top inch of soil feels dry. Water less frequently in the winter when the plant is in its dormant period.
Humidity: Alocasia reginula prefers high humidity levels, around 60-70%. You can achieve this by placing a humidifier near the plant, or by placing a tray of water near the plant and adding pebbles to the tray to create humidity.
Temperature: Alocasia reginula prefers warm temperatures between 15-30°C. Keep the plant away from cold drafts or sudden temperature changes.
Soil: Alocasia reginula prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. A mix of potting soil, peat moss, and perlite is a good choice.
Fertiliser: Feed your Alocasia reginula every 2-3 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced fertiliser. In the winter, you can reduce the frequency of fertilization to once a month.
Pruning: Remove any dead or damaged leaves as soon as possible to prevent the spread of disease. You can also trim the plant to shape it, but be careful not to remove too many leaves at once.
Repotting: Alocasia reginula prefers to be slightly root-bound, so you don't need to repot it very often. When you do repot, choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current pot, and use fresh soil.
With proper care, your Alocasia reginula can be a beautiful addition to your home or office.