OU: Alocasia Green Velvet

kellyknits(6/WV Eastern Panhandle)April 20, 2011

Posted this photo about a year ago for identification:

Denise and Mike were able to identify it as Alocasia - specifically Green Velvet. I'm embarrassed to show the picture of how it looks now...but here goes:

Have read a little about care and am still not sure what went wrong. Anyone have any recommendations of what to do now? Did read where 2" cuttings of the stalk can rooted by just sticking it in the soil, watering and covering with plastic. Should I give it a try?

I really like this plant!

Thanks in advance!

Kelly

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kellyknits(6/WV Eastern Panhandle)

Whoops, that should have said "OT", not "OU"!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 8:34AM
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greedygh0st

Cool plant. It looks like something that would show up in an optical illusion. I don't know anything about Alocasia, but I'm cheering you on!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 10:17AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

They'll often go dormant over the winter in colder climates.

I find these do best in a free-draining soil - bark, pumice, perlite, and other grit.
This allows for frequent irrigation, and ample oxygen in the soil at all times.

Josh

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 2:32PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

I'm no help either...but its a very pretty plant Kelly...Good luck! I love the yellow outline around the edges.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 3:07PM
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penfold2(4b, MN)

It looks etiolated. My guess would be not enough light and maybe an overly water retentive soil. When I had an Alocasia I used a soil like Josh described, and I kept it in front of a south window where it got some direct sun during the winter. The only time it did poorly is when I put it outside in the sun during summer. Some leaves burned, but it survived just fine.

Supposedly they can be cut back and will resprout, and the cuttings can be rooted, but I've never done it.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 5:44PM
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paul_(z5 MI)

Beautiful leaves but I would also guess etiolated. Has it been in that corner spot of your office this whole time?

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 12:15PM
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kellyknits(6/WV Eastern Panhandle)

Thanks for the help!

Paul, had to think about that...come to think of it I probably moved it shortly before that last picture because it was getting so big. It had been about 6 feet from a west facing window.

So, suggestion? Change the mix, move closer to light? Do I try cutting the stalk and rooting parts of it (notice it is MUCH taller than the 1st photo)?

Thanks again for the help!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 7:34PM
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