Alocasia Black Velvet Plant Care

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Are you looking for a plant with a touch of royalty in it? As this beauty’s other name suggests – The Little Queen – is the perfect pair for you!

The leaves of this exotic plant are dark green or gray with white veins. Its leaves have a succulent-like appearance and are thick in nature. Furthermore, the leaves have the shape of a heart that is six inches long and two and a half inches wide! So fascinating, isn’t it?

But there’s more! Their flowers are made up of a sterile white spadix that looks like a finger. The spadix is further protected by the spathe, a pale yellow modified petal-like leaf. And, if the growing conditions are favorable, this beauty will bloom all year long. Want to know more about this royalty? There’s so much more below!

Alocasia Black Velvet Plant Care Basics

Before we give you the pro tips on how to take care of this plant, we give you first the plant’s overview:

Botanical Name: Alocasia reginula

Other names: Queen Alocasia, The little Queen, Alocasia Velvet, Black Velvet elephant ear plant.

Plant Type: Herbaceous plant

Exposure to Sunlight: Bright indirect light

Soil Type: Well-draining soil and coarse soil

Color: Dark Green velvety leaves with silvery veins

Water: Medium amount of water

Favorable Climate: Tropical

Preferable Fertilizer: Balanced Fertilizer

Propagation: Rhizome Division

Toxicity Warning: Toxic

Status: Rare

Height: 30-50 centimeters (11.8 – 19.6 inches)

Origin: Native to Borneo

alocasia black velvet plant

Now that you’ve known this royalty at a glance, we will now give you the most essential part: care tips! Yes, by the end of your reading, I know you will learn how to efficiently take care of this plant. Enjoy!

Soil Requirement

To maintain the roots aerated at all times, even after they’ve been entirely soaked – the mix should be coarse and well-draining. Because the roots of this plant are relatively thin and sensitive, particular soil conditions are required. Make it perlite and orchid bark-rich, but always make sure there’s enough compost in there.

This allows it to retain a small amount of water, which this Alocasia will require during the growing season. Although it prefers moist soil, this Alocasia species is subject to root rot if overwatered for long periods. So to avoid such issues, the potting soil should be light for the plant.

Water Requirement

A basic watering approach is to water when the top layer is at least 90% dry in the summer. Alternatively, in the winter, allow the soil to dry thoroughly between waterings. Because the plant is sensitive to minerals and contaminants, it’s best to use filtered water.

Make sure to neutralize chlorine and chloramine at the very least!

Pro tip: Rot is a threat to these plants. Avoid overwatering the plant at all costs. Plant problems such as basal or root rot are caused by wet soil. So keep that in mind.

Lighting Requirement

The Black Velvet isn’t as light-hungry as some other aroids. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t enjoy being in the dark. If treated as an indoor plant, the black velvet needs bright indirect light to thrive.

plant lighting requirement

The direct sun should be avoided at all costs, as it might scorch the fragile foliage. On the other hand, their dark leaf coloration implies that they can survive with decreased light levels to some extent. So go ahead and try something new and observe how your plant reacts.

Pro tip: For assured indirect light, North-facing windows are best. Although East-facing windows can work as well as long as the morning sunshine isn’t too bright.

Temperature Requirement

This plant thrives in a temperature range of 55 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (12.7 -26.6 degrees Celsius). The Alocasia reginula isn’t also very hardy in the winter. So, before the coming of frigid days, it is recommended to relocate the Small Queen to a warm location.

If you can’t sit near it because it’s too chilly, you can bet your Alocasia can’t either.

Pro tip: The plant may go dormant if the temperature drops too low. Freezing temperatures, on the other hand, destroy the plant’s leaves.

Humidity Requirement

For proper Alocasia Black Velvet care, high humidity is required – about 60%-70%. Although some humidity-lovers are content with steady soil moisture, the Dark-leaved jewel thrives best in a steamy atmosphere. Don’t worry yet if you can’t meet these requirements.

You can use a humidifier or place it in the bathroom or anywhere else in the house where the humidity is higher than the rest. A pebble tray can also be used to meet the plant’s humidity requirements.

Pro tip: Avoid soaking the leaves for long periods. Fungus and leaf rot may develop as a result of this.

Fertilizer Requirement

Alocasia Black Velvet is a light feeder that does well with only a little fertilizer during the growing season. If their land is fertile, they will require even more negligible. Feed with a balanced fertilizer once a month. If using an all-purpose preparation, use half-strength.

plant fertilizer requirement

To avoid fertilizer burn on the plant’s leaves, don’t use too much fertilizer. Because the plant is dormant during the winter months, you should not fertilize it.

Pro tip: If you don’t want to overfertilize your plant and make sure it gets all the nutrients it needs, you can use an organic fertilizer once a month during the growing season or whenever you observe new growth.

Propagation

The Alocasia’ Black Velvet’ is most successful when it comes to rhizome division. The plant is ready for propagation during its growing seasons (Spring or Summer). 

Here is the process on how to propagate the Alocasia’ Black Velvet’ plant:

  • Remove the Alocasia’ Black Velvet’ from its pot and gently shake off any excess soil around the roots. Examine the plant’s root system to see if it is healthy.
  • Examine the rhizome system and cut those that resemble ginger. To remove the rhizome of your choosing, use a clean knife and make sure you’re wearing gloves.
  • Prepare the potting mix that will provide the ideal environment for the new plant to thrive. A smart choice is to combine ordinary potting soil with coco coir.
  • Place your rhizome in the soil and give it a soft drink once it’s ready. Place your new plant in a location where it will receive bright yet indirect light. Then, just like you did with the mother plant, repeat the process.

Growth Zone

Only USDA Zones 10a and above are suitable for growing them outdoors all year.

Potting

Alocasia Black Velvet thrives in smaller containers. If you want to repot it, the plant should be as active as possible during the repotting process. Repotting should be done every 1-2 years, depending on how much the plant grew the previous season. Allow it to root-bound a little so she can adjust to the new pot.

Alocasia Black Velvet Varieties and Similar Plants

There are approximately 97 species of Alocasia plants. Even if we want to indicate them all, we just can’t. However! We provide you the examples of Alocasia species or varieties that have a bit similarity to the Alocasia’ Black Velvet.” And I know you will also love them. Here they are:

  • Alocasia baginda ‘Dragon Scale’

alocasia dragon scale plant

With their ribbed structure, the leaves of the Alocasia Dragon Scale resemble enormous scales. The contrast between the silvery green backdrop and the deep dark green markings at the front is really stunning.

  • Alocasia cuprea ‘Red Secret’

alocasia cuprea plant

It’s grown mainly for the leaves, which are big, oval, and metallic in appearance, ranging from dark green to crimson. The leaves’ undersides are a vivid purple color, creating an eye-catching visual spectacle.

  • Alocasia micholitziana’ Frydek’

alocasia frydek plant

The distinctive arrowhead design complements the velvety velvet leaf texture. The leaves of this plant are dark green to black, with conspicuous white lateral veins.

Alocasia Black Velvet Diseases & Pests

As much as we want to have a healthy plant, pests are really there to pester it. The same as Alocasia Black velvet. However, if given appropriate care, these posters are rare. But, we’ll also give you the care tips just in case.

Insects and pests

One of the most prevalent pests identified on the plant is mealybugs. They pierce the plant’s protective outer layer and feast on its nutrients. They can spread illnesses as well as make the leaves seem ugly.

If you find white dots on your leaves, you should look for spider mites. Remove any symptoms of infestation as soon as possible. To begin, try hosing or rinsing them out or using a soapy water mixture. If that doesn’t work, a mild pesticide may be required. Neem oil can also be used to naturally repel pests.

Root Rot and Overwatering

Check for root rot if your plant is withering, appears un-secure in its pot, or is squishy around the base. This is a problem that many plants have, and it’s caused by too much water in the soil. This suffocates the roots and plugs the air pockets, preventing them from absorbing any water. Fungal diseases thrive in the wet atmosphere, and if not handled properly, the plant will most likely die.

Ensure the soil is moist but not saturated, that there is no standing water in the soil, and that the plant is not sitting in a plate of water.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why my Alocasia black velvet leaves turning yellow?

Stress causes yellowing leaves, which can be caused by root rot. Alocasia prefers a dry period between waterings and does not thrive in wet soil. It’s rare because it’s a drought-resistant plant, although the yellowing could be caused by extended dry spells.

Black velvet benefits?

There are no scientific benefits of this beauty. However, it has a good height and color that could be an ideal gift for your friends. Plus, it can make your indoor home looks stunning.

Is Alocasia black velvet toxic?

The needle-shaped calcium oxalate crystals in Alocasia Black Velvet might irritate the mouth and digestive tract. It’s poisonous to cats and dogs, and it keeps kids away.

Where to buy Alocasia black velvet?

Don’t look anywhere to buy these beauties! You are looking at the perfect store: here at Plantly! Yes, we offer faster transactions online and will deliver without damages to your plant. Message us now!

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