Alocasia Black Velvet (Alocasia Reginula)
-The Black Velvet is a rhizomatous perennial that stays compact, seldom reaching over eighteen inches high and wide. It goes dormant in cool weather but can stay active year-round with adequate light and warmth.
Plant special features
Although occasionally blooming, the Alocasia 'Black Velvet' is not primarily purchased for its flowers. The Alocasia species is renowned for its exquisite leaves, while the blossom is typically unimpressive. Many Alocasia owners cut off the blossom as soon as it appears because it can temporarily redirect the plant's energy away from the leaves.
|Alocasia Black velvet is more tolerant of lesser light than many other Aroids and enjoys bright indirect sunlight. It can be put in a bright room, but away from the window, to provide brilliant, indirect light. At different periods of the year, pay attention to how the sun approaches your windows and avoid direct sunlight because any rapid exposure might harm the leaves.
|You want to mimic the natural surroundings to make sure the Alocasia “Black Velvet” feels at home. This tends to offer this little plant regular, mild waterings. Keep the soil consistently moist without allowing it to become waterlogged because it is vulnerable to root rot.
|Potted Alcasia Black velvet prefer a rich but well-draining potting mix that should be kept moist but not wet. Potting mix tailored for orchids, with a few handfuls of sand and a few handfuls of peat moss mixed in, is ideal.
|Temperature & Humidity:
|This tropical plant needs temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, rising to 80 degrees in the summer. It will be necessary to monitor the humidity because the plant will suffer if it falls below 50%. 65 percent humidity is considered ideal.
|Repot only once in 2-3 years. Transfer the plant to a pot that is 2 inches larger than the existing one.
Dos and Don’ts:
Make sure your Alocasia Black Velvet plant is in filtered sun-location. Too much direct sunlight may cause leaves getting burnt.
Make sure your plant’s pot have good drainage because this plant is susceptible to root rot and does not like to sit in wet soil. Just make sure to water the plant deeply and let all of the excess water flow out of the drainage holes.
Spider-mites infestation is common in this plant. If you notice fine webbing on your plants, it’s likely you have a spider mite infestation. Trim these leaves off, wash the foliage down with cold water, and spray the entire plant down with an insecticide spray designed for houseplants. You can also use a solution of diluted rubbing alcohol that you spray on the plant.
Styling and décor tips:
Perfect for a bright bathroom. Try placing your Alocasia Black velvet 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.