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Plant Know-How: Alocasia amazonica

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This striking plant is Alocasia amazonica! If you love the lush, instant jungle look of the larger Alocasia species but don't have the space then Alocasia amazonica is the plant for you! This Alocasia species stays relatively small, usually topping out at around 2ft tall. This isn't a plant that's going to become massive and take over your home! Alocasia are often thought of as tricky or intimidating plants. The real secret to Alocasia amazonica, and Alocasia in general, is that they are humidity lovers. This can sometimes be hard to provide, especially in very dry Southern California! Growing your Alocasia amazonica next to a humidifier or in a bright bathroom will help to keep your plant happy! If you're still a little unsure about keeping Alocasia amazonica, don't fret! We've got all the info here you'll need! Knowing the correct care is the secret to to demystifying these beautiful plants and will help to set you up for success!
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CARE TIPS:

Light: Alocasia amazonica does best in bright indirect light. Be sure to shield your plant from any direct sun as the leaves are delicate and will burn!

Water: Water your Alocasia amazonica when the top 2" of the soil has gone dry. This is not a plant that ever wants to go completely dry! Allowing your Alocasia amazonica to go too dry too frequently can stress out your plant and make them susceptible to pests. Like we said previously, this is a humidity lover! Keeping your Alocasia amazonica in a high humidity area will not only keep your plant happy but will also help to prevent spider mites!

Did you know? Alocasia amazonica grow from tubers, which are a thickened root structure similar to a bulb. If your Alocasia amazonica ever loses all it's leaves don't throw it out right away! Move your plant somewhere cool and dry and after a while you may begin to see new shoots appear! Tuberous plants are extremely hardy, and with a little patience can be brought back from what seems like a total lost cause!

Ready to bring home one of these lush plants? We have Alocasia amazonica available in-store!

 

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