Dragon Scale (Alocasia)
Plant Care Instructions*
Alocasia Baginda (cuprea) Dragon Scale is an exceptionally decorative plant. The thick leaves of Alocasia Dragon Scale truly resemble large scales with their ribbed texture and the contrast between the silvery green backing and the deep dark green markings at the front is quite something. The abaxial leaf surface is equally as stunning with deep maroon venation against a pale green surface. This maroon venation will appear faint on newly emerging growth but will quickly deepen as the leaf hardens off.
Ideal temperatures should be approximately 65-75ºF + (18-24ºC +)... closer to 70ºF is best.
Bright light, but no direct sunlight and shaded for a good part of the day in the summer, if it's warm and humid enough. When growing inside, supplemental light and humidity would be appreciated and encourage new, quicker growth.
Like other thick-leaved Alocasia, allow to fully dry between watering. Jewel Alocasia are far less tolerant of moist soil than the other thinner leaf varieties. Good drainage is key.
Feed with a diluted balanced fertilizer from spring every 2 weeks and stop at the end of August then start again at the beginning of spring. Can be top-dressed with worm castings.
These can be re-potted every spring but only use a pot one size bigger if it's become very root bound.
These plants like slightly higher humidity levels than many other plants. You may need to raise the humidity levels in a room artificially by placing the plant in a humidity tray with pebbles or use a humidifier.
Use a chunky, fast draining media.
* Standard care recommendations - you may need to adjust based on your home or office environment.
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