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All about the Alocasia

Thanks to consistent monitoring of current trends and consumer behaviour, we are able to respond to market changes quickly and adequately. As part of the international flower and houseplant of the month campaign, one flower and plant is selected each month to be promoted among the public. The selected products are easily incorporated into your normal shop stock and enables you to offer a fashionable, monthly range to consumers.

The selection is based on trending interior and design styles, is featured in many re-occurring commercial messages and are therefore a familiar product to people. Make sure to stock up for incoming orders.

The Flower Council of Holland has chosen for the Alocasia for the month. Read more useful tips and suggestions here!

Alocasia is a member of the Arum family, and grows in the tropical rainforests of South-East Asia. It is particularly common on Borneo, and can reach a height of four metres. There are 79 known species. The plant has been cultivated around the Equator as a foodstuff for thousands of years. Decorative plants have been bred from the original versions. These aren’t edible, but they are very beautiful. Alocasia conquered living rooms in the 1950s, and has a great vintage vibe.

  • When buying Alocasia, look particularly at the pot size and the diameter and density of the plant. The visible leaves must be sizeable, whilst the leaf and stem markings must be visible. Alocasia can have either a compact or more transparent growth habit.
  • The plant should be free of disease and pests.
  • Damaged leaves are usually the result of mistakes during shipping or storage. Alocasia is sensitive to cold. The plant develops spots on the leaves at temperatures below 12-15°C. These can also be caused by scorching as a result of too much sun.  It’s important to place a sleeve around the plants in the cold months.
  • If Alocasia has yellow leaves, it’s been too wet or too dry. Root or stem rot can occur sometimes. Plants must be free of brown spots and brown leaf edges, often caused by insufficient humidity and/or the potting soil being too dry. This can also cause the plant to droop.
  • If the plant has been too dry for a long time, red spider mite can occur, which causes a grey discolouration of the leaves. There are virtually no other pests or diseases present during the sale phase. 

Alocasia is best known in the form of the skeleton plant with distinctive leaf veins, Alocasia x amazonia. There are a number of cultivars of this species: the compact ‘Polly’ and the smaller ‘Bambino Arrow’. The leaves of these plants resemble an African mask. Large-leaved species are: A. ‘Calidora’ which has a large green shiny leaves with very thick leaf stems. A. ‘Portadora’ has large green shiny leaves and distinctive rusty ‘spots’ on the stems. A. Lauterbachiana has elongated, wavy leaves of which the stems and the underside of the leaf are coloured red. A. Cucullata has arrow-shaped leaves and a compact green shape. A. ‘California’ has very large leaves and can also cope with somewhat lower temperatures, which makes it suitable for use as a conservatory or container plant. Particularly distinctive displays are offered by A. ‘Black Velvet’ (a silvery white vein in almost black leaves which appear slightly velvety) and A. zebrina with arrow-shaped leaves and a distinctive striped stem.

  • Wrap carefully for the journey home during the colder months.
  • Alocasia originates from the tropical rainforest, and the plant likes to have those warm, damp conditions in the home as well.
  • Light position, but not in full sun in order to prevent leaf scorching.
  • A room temperature of 18-22 °C is ideal. The plant certainly shouldn’t get too cold.
  • Regularly give water at room temperature, don’t allow the soil to dry out.
  • Alocasia enjoys being misted with the plant spray, a session in the shower or standing outside during summer rain.
  • Give plant food twice a month during the growing season, once a month during the winter rest period.

Want to know more about this product? Ask your Account Manager for more information or take a look in our web shop! Go to www.flowertales.com for more ideas on how to use these beautiful plants.

Images: FlowerTales

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