How to grow and care for Alocasia micholitziana Indoors

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Alocasia micholitziana Care, Green Velvet Alocasia Care

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Botanical name: Alocasia micholitziana
Family: Araceae
Common name: Green Velvet Alocasia

Alocasia micholitziana Description

Alocasia micholitziana commonly called Green Velvet Alocasia bears arrow-shaped, deep matte green leaves with a velvety texture on the upper surface and white veining, and pale-green undersides.

The leaves are borne on mottled, brown-red or purple leaf stalks and grow to about 1 ft long and 6-8 in. wide. The stem is short and the leaves appear to emerge from the ground.

Alocasia micholitziana is a moderately easy to grow Alocasia plant that will add a exotic feel to any home or space.

Alocasia micholitziana was described by Henry Fredrick Conrad Sander in 1912. He named it after the German Plant collector, Wilhelm Micholitz.

Alocasia micholitziana Size

Alocasia micholitziana grows to a height of about 2-3 ft and a width of about 2 ft. The leaves are about 1.3 ft long and about 6-8 in. wide.

Alocasia micholitziana Flower

The flowers in Alocasia micholitziana are a greenish spathe and a cream-colored spadix and only last a few days. To conserve the plants energy and direct it to foliage growth, cut the flowers as soon as they appear, though, it is unlikely to flower when grown indoors.

Alocasia micholitziana Origin

Alocasia micholitziana is endemic to the Island of Luzon in the Philippines.

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Alocasia micholitziana Care Indoors

Alocasia micholitziana Light Requirements

Alocasia micholitziana grows best in bright, indirect light. It also does well under flourscent light. Keep your Alocasia micholitziana away from direct sunlight as it can cause the leaves to be sunscorched (brown marks on the leaves).

Too little light for your Alocasia micholitziana will signal dormancy to your plant which may cause the leaves to start dying in readiness for dormancy.

Regularly turn the pot to ensure that your Alocasia micholitziana gets light on all sides for even growth to prevent lop-sided growth. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Alocasia micholitziana

Water Alocasia micholitziana thoroughly and allow the top 2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings. Reduce watering during the cold season to keep the soil barely moist but never allow the soil to dry out completely.

Underwatering your Alocasia micholitziana will signal dormancy to your plant which may cause the leaves to start dying in readiness for dormancy.

Alocasia micholitziana does not like soggy soil as it is prone to fungal infestations like root-rot.

Therefore, ensure the pot for your Alocasia micholitziana has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Alocasia micholitziana

Average warmth from 180C to 250C is ideal for your Alocasia micholitziana. Below 150C, Alocasia micholitziana may drop all its leaves and go into dormancy stage.

Alocasia micholitziana also needs to be protected from draughts as it hates sudden changes in temperature. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Alocasia micholitziana

Alocasia micholitziana requires high humidity inorder to thrive. To raise humidity for your Alocasia micholitziana set the pot on a wet pebble tray or place it in a bathroom or other moist areas in the home. Check out these techniques on how to raise the humidity for houseplants.

How to Clean Alocasia micholitziana

Regularly clean the leaves of your Alocasia micholitziana by damp wiping them with a soft cloth to get rid of dust and discourage pests infestation. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Alocasia micholitziana Fertilizer (Feeding)

Feed Alocasia micholitziana with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer every 3-4 weeks during the growing period. Withhold feeding during the cold season as the plant undergoes dormancy during this period and growth is minimal at this time.

Regularly flush out accumulated salts arising from fertilizers every 2-3 months for your Alocasia micholitziana by running a stream of water through the soil until the water comes out through the drainage holes.

Let the stream of water run for a few minutes. Repeat the process several times. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

Alocasia micholitziana Repotting

Alocasia micholitziana prefers to be root-bound, therefore frequent repotting is not needed. Avoid frequent repotting as the plant can take long to recover from repotting shock. Repotting every 2 years should be adequate.

Repot into a 1 size larger pot during the growing season only if the roots of your Alocasia micholitziana have grown out through the drainage holes.

The best soil for your Alocasia micholitziana is a rich, free-draining soil inorder to ensure that it does not retain excessive moisture which can lead to rotting.

Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to fungal infestations.

Alocasia micholitziana Pruning

Pruning Alocasia micholitziana is easy as it only requires removal of yellow and diseased leaves as they occur to maintain your plant neat and to reduce chances of diseases and pests infestation.

Remove the leaves by cutting at the base with a sterilized knife or pair of scissors to avoid disease transimission. Take care not to injure the new leaves that are forming.

Alocasia micholitziana Propagation

Alocasia micholitziana can be propagated by plant division at the beginning of the growing season.

How to Propagate Alocasia micholitziana by Plant Division

Carefully take out your Alocasia micholitziana from its pot and gently divide the rhizome into sections by cutting through with a sharp sterilized knife. Ensure that each section has 1-2 stems.

Plant the Alocasia micholitziana divisions in individual pots in moist free-draining soil at the same depth that they were in the previous pot.

Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Place the set up in a warm, well-lit place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges after which routine care can begin.

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Alocasia micholitziana Problems Indoors

Why are the leaves of my Alocasia micholitziana losing color and dying?

The reason why the leaves of your Alocasia micholitziana are losing color and dying is too little light.

Alocasia micholitziana grows best in bright, indirect light but away from direct sunlight.

Move the plant to a brighter spot and ensure it receives bright, indirect light and protect it from direct sunlight. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Why are the leaves of my Alocasia micholitziana dropping and the plant dying?

There are three possible reasons why the leaves of your Alocasia micholitziana are dropping and the plant is dying. These three reasons signal dormancy for Alocasia micholitziana and hence the leaves die in readiness to enter dormancy.

This happens during the cold season (winter) when the plant undergoes dormancy. Even if the foliage may die, the underground rhizome is still alive and can regrow under favorable conditions.

One possible reason why the leaves of your Alocasia micholitziana are dropping and the plant is dying is too little light.

Alocasia micholitziana grows best in bright, indirect light but away from direct sunlight.

Move the plant to a brighter spot and ensure it receives bright, indirect light. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

The second possible reason why the leaves of your Alocasia micholitziana are dropping and the plant is dying is too low temperature below 150C.

Alocasia micholitziana grows best in average warmth between 180C and 250C. Protect the plant from cold and hot draughts which cause sudden changes in temperature.

The third possible reason why the leaves of your Alocasia micholitziana are dropping and the plant is dying is underwatering.

Alocasia micholitziana prefers the soil to be kept moderately moist during the growing season and watering to be reduced in the cold season to keep the soil barely moist but never allow the soil to dry out completely.

Why do the leaves of my Alocasia micholitziana have brown leaf edges?

One possible cause of brown leaf edges in your Alocasia micholitziana is low humidity. Where the air temperatures are high, the air humidity is likely to reduce significantly.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Alocasia micholitziana or place the plant in a bathroom or other moist areas in the home. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second possible cause of brown leaf edges in your Alocasia micholitziana is accumulation of salts in the soil which could have come from fertilizers or water.

Regularly flush out accumulated salts arising from fertilizers every 2-3 months for your Alocasia micholitziana by running a stream of water through the soil until the water comes out through the drainage holes.

Let the stream of water run for a few minutes. Repeat the process several times. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

Why are the leaves of my Alocasia micholitziana drooping?

There are two possible causes of drooping leaves in your Alocasia micholitziana.

One possible cause of drooping leaves in your Alocasia micholitziana is too little light. Move your plant to a brighter spot. Alocasia micholitziana prefers medium to bright, indirect light but away from direct sunlight.

The second possible cause of drooping leaves in your Alocasia micholitziana is underwatering. Alocasia micholitziana prefers the soil to be kept slightly moist during the growing season.

Reduce watering in the cold season to keep the soil barely moist but never allow the soil to dry out completely. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Why are the leaves of my Alocasia micholitziana yellowing and dropping?

Low humidity is the reason for the yellowing and dropping of the leaves of your Alocasia micholitziana.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your plant. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

However, it is natural for the old leaves of Alocasia micholitziana to turn yellow and drop as the plant continues to grow.

Remove such leaves by snipping them off at the base with a clean sharp knife or a pair of scissors to keep the plant neat and reduce pests and disease infestations.

Why are there dark brown or black spots on leaves of my Alocasia micholitziana?

Dark brown or black spots on leaves of your Alocasia micholitziana are an indication of Leaf Spot Disease which is enhanced by soggy soil and overwet conditions.

Isolate the affected plant immediately to prevent spread to other houseplants, remove the damaged leaves and treat with a fungicidal solution.

Ensure that there is proper drainage of both the soil and the pot to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

Avoid misting and wetting the leaves to keep them dry and ensure there is good air circulation for your Alocasia micholitziana.

Alocasia micholitziana Pests

Common plant pests in Alocasia micholitziana are Spider Mites, Mealy Bugs, Scales and Aphids.

Isolate the affected Alocasia micholitziana to prevent further spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Alocasia micholitziana toxic?

Alocasia micholitziana like other Alocasia Plants is toxic to both humans and pets.

Alocasia micholitziana contains crystals of calcium oxalate which if ingested can numb and swell the tongue and pharynx leading to difficulty in breathing and sharp pain in the throat.

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