Once you’ve unboxed your alocasia and unwrapped all of the elements, discard (or upcycle!) the packaging. Watch out for any dirt that may have loosened in shipment. Pro Tip: Prefer an even playing field? Gently shake the plant back and forth to level out any soil that shifted in the box.
Location, Location, Location
Alocasia are native to the rainforest and, in the wild, thrive in the muggy climes under a canopy of taller trees. Tend to their tropical nature by finding them a spot with bright, indirect light for the majority of the day.
Pro Tip: friends don’t let friends bake on the windowsill. Never place your alocasia on or directly in front of a window as glass can magnify sunlight by up to three times. How to know what’s too much? Direct or magnified light will cause leaf burn - you’ll notice browning and curling edges.
Create a watering schedule for your alocasia that allows the top inch or two of soil to become dry to the touch in between hydration sessions. You’ll notice this may be more than a week or as often as bi-weekly depending on the temperature and humidity in your space. And speaking of muggier climes, your tropical friend craves a little ambient moisture. Give it a little warm heat by lightly spritzing its foliage once or twice a week.
Pro Tip: skip the spray bottle and just bring your alocasia into the bathroom once or twice a week when you shower. You’ll enjoy a little lather, rinse and repeat while your plant will enjoy a tiny trip to the tropics, all without leaving your bathroom!
To help make sure your new alocasia is allocated sunlight evenly, give it a quarter or half spin every few weeks! Your alocasia’s dramatic foliage is prone to collecting dust. Give it an assist by wiping leaves clean with a soft, damp cloth every month or two.