Alocasia Amazonica ‘Polly’ is a spectacular houseplant and very easy to recognise from it’s glossy, leathery looking leaves. A truly beautiful plant with arrow-shaped, dark green foliage with light creamy green midribs. Also known as African mask plant, it is the most popular houseplant from the Elephant ear plant family.
Plant special features
|Sunlight:||Alocasia Amazonica ‘Polly’ requires plenty of indirect bright light and grows best in outdoors in a shady region or full shaded balcony. Just be sure to bring it back indoors before winter. Inside home, your plant will appreciate a windowsill spot with plenty of light, but not too much harsh sun.|
|Watering:||The parents of Alocasia Amazonica are native to tropical rainforests where their roots stay moist. Therefore, it is important to water the plant frequently and keeping the soil moist enough but not soggy, especially during the growing seasons of spring throughout summer. You can check the soil for moisture, if the top inch of the soil feels dry, apply water until it runs from the pot’s bottom drain holes.|
|Temprature:||Ideal temperatures are between 65°F and 80°F during the day.|
|Soil:||Best soil for healthy growth is light and well- aerated potting soil. You can try aroid soil mix, an example of an easy mix could be potting soil, bark, perlite, and sphagnum moss in equal quantities.|
|Repotting:||Alocasia Amazonica prefers to be slightly root bound, so it only needs to be repotted once every few years, if needed. However, it does appreciate some fresh soil from time to time.Best time to repot is during spring and summer growing months.
During repotting, you can also choose to divide an Alocasia. The roots of the plant actually consist of multiple corms and clumps, each with their own root systems. These can be potted up separately if you prefer multiple smaller plants over a single large one.
Dos and Don’ts:
The biggest threat is root rot due to over-watering. Although Alocasia Amazonica requires soil that moist enough for healthy growth that doesn’t mean it will tolerate prolonged wet feet due to soggy soil.
Alocasia Amazonica is not plagued by any major disease problems, when given proper care and grown in preferred conditions. The only major pest that affects indoor grown Alocasia Amazonica’s is spider mites. These tiny pests suck the juices from the plant and can weaken it leading to its death, if not quickly controlled. You can easily treat a spider mite problem by spraying the top and undersides of leaves with an insecticidal soap or neem-oil.
Styling and décor tips:
Perfect for a bright bathroom. Try placing your Alocasia amazonica ‘Polly’ in a more humid area in the home, such as the kitchen or bathroom, in a place offering sufficient light.
You can also group plants together so they can take advantage of the moisture and each one expels.
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