How to satisfy alocasias?
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How to satisfy alocasias?

Promissed post about Alocasia species. Today is all about basics. Do you want to start growing those beautiful plants, but you are scared that you won’t manage to keep them happy or alive? I’m here to encourage you and help with common problems that occur very quickly after mistreating them. First of all the vegetation period of Alocasias is 180 days long. Then they often want to go to rest, therefore the yellowing and dropping of the leafs in autumn and winter (in Europe). If they get enough sunlight though, they stay in form and keep growing over the winter. Remember that the length of vegetation period is changing due to the climate change. Don’t forget that those are plants kept in artificial conditions and often the “normal” rhythm doesn’t apply to them. If you feel like your Alo is standing over the grave, just give her a bit of diluted fertiliser, and stop crying, she is gonna survive.
Second thing, and the most important: the soil. If you ever looked inside your Alo pot, you could see that they produce bulbs.
It is the storage tissue containing among others – sugars. Your soil has to be quite airy, because with the nutrient mix in the tissue they are likely to rot. It will happen, when they don’t have enough space to “breath” and not enough light to use the nutrients. Logical? I hope so. I recommend mix of the peat moss and universal or palm (more acidic) soil for the “easy” Alocasias. If you have more exotic ones use also perlite (proportions: 1:1:1). You can feel free to experiment on your own, this is not a bible or something. Remember though that they feel good in pH 5,5-6,5 – so a bit acidic environment is pleasant for them.

And smoothly we arrived at the water issue. If they like the acidity it means that either you change the soil often (kidding), or you do not use the tap water – it often contains a lot of calcium. Calcium, if in the form of ions, will increase the pH of your soil over time towards more alcalin. This is not what we want. You can use rain water, distilled water, or filtered water. It’s very important to remember, that Alocasias rhythm of watering is crucial. Meaning: you want to water them regularly, even and with water that is 35-38 Celsius degrees (sic!). If you don’t have a humidifier, use the pebble trick.

Never ever mist your Alocasias with cold tap water, unless you like fungus and browning leafs. Those are, in my opinion the optimal conditions to grow them. I don’t use a fancy fertiliser: only biohumus or probioem. And of course in Europe they need all the light they can get, believe me.

Alocasias for beginners: Alocasia Polly, Alocasia Calidora.

You can give your alocasias full sun

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