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There are over 80 different Alocasia specimens in India and Indonesia, where their leaves can reach up to 3 feet long. With its distinctive veined foliage, the Alocasia is one of the most sought for houseplants these days.

In their natural habitat, the Alocasias grow beneath the canopy. Their leaves are therefore sensitive to direct sun. They prefer good indirect light, even medium light, and a humid environment, so avoid placing it near any heater or air conditioner.


The Alocasia’s soil should not dry up too much between waterings. Its growth is optimal in a humid environment, so placing a tray filled with pebbles and water nearby could prevent its worst enemy, the spider mite, from harming it. Though it enjoys being misted regularly, make sure to wipe off big drops of water from the leaves for they could damage or break them.

When you take possession of your plant, make sure you assess its watering needs. Before you give it a drink the first time, check the soil’s moisture level to verify whether or not it is moist near the surface. It is best to aerate the soil before the initial watering since it is often compacted to avoid shifting during transit. This also allows it to breathe and release moisture.

Rotate your plant periodically in order to encourage an even growth. Cleaning the leaves regularly will stimulate proper photosynthesis. As you wipe the foliage, inspect the leaves on either side to make sure there are no pests.

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