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Caring for an alocasia frydek plant seems like a breeze at first, but there’s a catch. While this genus of plants is relatively low-maintenance, too often are mistakes made when providing the plant’s right conditions to grow properly. Heck, it took me quite some time to get the hang of it myself!
This plant, native to Southeast Asia, requires reliable draining capabilities, indirect light, adequate temperature, humidity, and proper fertilizing. All of the aforementioned is essential for providing your plants with the best conditions for their growth.
All of this probably does sound a little bit complicated, but let me assure you that it cannot be farther from the truth. At the end of this article, you will be able to care for your alocasia frydek plants with ease.
Now, let’s see what this plant has in store for us.
Lightning for Alocasia Frydek
This plant has a strained relationship with the sun, as a few hours of direct exposure to the sun almost always produces scorched leaves or, at the very least, brown edges.
But don’t think that these plants don’t require any sunlight, as little to no sunlight is a sure-fire way for your plant’s leaves to turn yellow and the soil to require a lot more time to dry out.
For the best results, it’s best to keep it in a partial shade near your window or any other type of cover that keeps your plant nice and safe but not isolated from the sun.
Watering Your Alocasia Frydek
Get your notebook out, as alocasia plants need a thorough watering. While we have addressed the consequences of overwatering, it is also vital to not skip your watering schedules as this can bring about dire consequences.
Your soil must remain moist, of course, yet it is not uncommon to accidentally overwater your plants and invite root rot. Keeping to a tight schedule counteracts all the potential issues that stand in the way of your plant’s long life:
- Two or three times a week during summer, fall, and autumn
- During winter periods, once a week is enough. Alocasia frydek plants enter a state of dormancy during winter (which means that they don’t use that much water), so they are most vulnerable to overwatering at this stage.
This part of the article is straightforward and easy to follow- keep your temperature at least 60 °F. Anything below this temperature makes the plant think it is time to go into dormancy, which can drastically hinder growth (although this state reverses itself once adequate temperature changes occur).
The good news is that the best temperature ranges from 65°F to 85°F, which is pretty standard and present in most homes.
An essential bit of information to remember is that alocasia frydek plants are sensitive to cold and hot drafts, resulting in its leaves going yellow. To combat this, always keep it in a sheltered location that is isolated from the elements.
Now we come to the easy part. As long as you possess a potting mix that can nicely drain water and can dry off rather quickly, you have yourself an excellent candidate for your alocasia.
Another great plus goes to soils which are rich in peat or humus. Once you get everything settled, adding some perlite or orchid bark is a great way to naturally promote optimal conditions.
A word of warning: avoid products that have high salt contents in them, as they can damage your plant’s roots.
It is also vital to keep a reasonable distance, preferably 6 inches, away from the plant’s base when you get down to fertilizing. Use balanced, slow-releasing fertilizers.
Right Pots for Alocasia Frydek
These plants are fantastic for both indoor and outdoor conditions. They aren’t too picky when it comes to being potted, as most types of terracotta and plastic pots do the trick. As long as it’s drainage system is stable at the bottom, you won’t have much trouble with whatever you decide to put it in.
Make sure the plant has ample room to expand in their pots, preferably 10″ inches of depth, and re-pot it when you notice its roots becoming bound.
Pruning is essential when we are talking about alocasia plant care. Without removing old leaves and tending to the plant’s size, the younger leaves would have a lot fewer resources available to grow. The aforementioned is essential as the plant’s growth is directly affected by how well you prune it.
The optimal time to do this is during the growing season, keeping all factors in mind for the best results.
This part often presents an issue among many gardeners, both rookies, and veterans alike, how to simplify and quickly propagate alocasia plants. It is, in fact, relatively easy as long as you are careful.
Let’s put the information in the form of a mini-guide:
- Start your operation during summer or spring
- Carefully separate the offsets and divide the rhizomes
- Measure at least 15 inches around your alocasia frydek and start digging from that point, to prevent any damage to the roots
- Lift it carefully of the ground
- Divide the tubers while brushing the remaining soil away
- Slowly plant the rhizomes in your desired location
Sounds simple enough, right? After you do all of this, keep your plant in a safe and humid environment while giving it more water than usual. Until new growth appears, cater to the plant’s needs in above-average quantities.
The most occurring issues around this plant revolve around over-watering and lack of air circulation. It is easy to accommodate this plant with the best-growing environment.
Aside from issues caused by the owner’s actions, it is not uncommon to encounter pests from time to time. The most common intruders you can meet are aphids, scale, mealy bugs, and spider mites.
Luckily, they can be removed quite easily with the use of neem oil or insecticidal products. If only a small number of these pests are present, you can remove them by placing some paper under the plant and shaking the leaves. In most cases, this is sufficient to keep your plant bug-free.