How to Grow and Care for Alocasia 'Regal Shield' Indoors


Alocasia 'Regal Shield', Regal Shield Elephant Ear

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Botanical name: Alocasia odora X Alocasia reginula
Family: Araceae
Common names: Alocasia 'Regal Shield', Regal Shield Elephant Ear, Regal Shield Alocasia

Description

Alocasia 'Regal Shield' commonly called Regal Shield Elephant Ear or Regal Shield Alocasia is a fast growing plant which bears heart-shaped dark-green to almost black leaves with light-green venation on light-green stems.

Regal Shield Elephant Ear is highly adaptable to indoor growing conditions and will make a perfect statement plant for a narrow space.

Regal Shield Alocasia is one of the popular Alocasia plants on account of its size and spectacular foliage.

Size

Alocasia 'Regal Shield' is a fast growing plant which grows to a height of 5 ft in about 2 years. The heart-shaped leaves can grow upto 2 ft long.

Flower

The flowers in Alocasia 'Regal Shield' are pale-colored spathes which only last a few days. They are inconspicous being hidden beneath the foliage.

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.

Origin

Alocasia 'Regal Shield' is a hybrid between Alocasia odora and Alocasia reginula. Alocasia odora is native to Southeastern Asia while Alocasia reginula is native to Sabah State in Malaysia. The hybrid was developed in Florida but is considered native to Africa.

Where to Buy

If you are looking to add these spectacular plant to your collection, various Alocasia 'Regal Shield' are readily available at Etsy. Buy Alocasia 'Regal Shield' from Etsy.

Alocasia 'Regal Shield', Regal Shield Elephant Ear

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Alocasia 'Regal Shield' Indoor Care

Alocasia 'Regal Shield' thrives in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soils coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

Regal Shield Alocasia needs repotting only when it becomes pot-bound. Regular pruning is necessary to keep it neat and tidy as well as minimize pest and disease infestations. Keep reading for more on these growing conditions and how to achieve them.

Light Requirements

Alocasia 'Regal Shield' grows best under bright, indirect light. Keep it away from direct sunlight as it can cause the leaves to be faded (bleached) and die.

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

Regularly turn the pot to ensure that the plant gets light on all sides for even growth to prevent lop-sided growth.

Regal Shield Alocasia will also grow under a grow light where the natural lighting is not adequate.

Watering

Water Alocasia 'Regal Shield' thoroughly during the growing season and allow the top 2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings to maintain the soil moderately moist.

Lessen watering during the cold season to keep the soil barely moist but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

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

Regal Shield Alocasia does not like to sit in soggy soil as it is prone to fungal infestations like root-rot.

Therefore, ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy.


Temperature

Average warmth from 150C to 270C is ideal for Alocasia 'Regal Shield'. Below 130C, the plant may drop all its leaves and go into dormancy stage.

Keep Regal Shield Alocasia away from drafts as it hates sudden changes in temperature as they can cause leaf drop and reduced growth.

Humidity

Alocasia 'Regal Shield' requires high humidity inorder to thrive. To increase humidity, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier.

You can also grow Regal Shield Alocasia in a bathroom or other moist areas in the home if lighting is adequate. Check out these techniques on how to raise the humidity for houseplants.

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Fertilizer (Feeding)

Feed Alocasia 'Regal Shield' with a balanced, liquid fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing period for lush growth.

Do not feed it 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 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.

Repotting

Alocasia 'Regal Shield' 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 2 sizes larger pot during the growing season only if the roots have grown out through the drainage holes.

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

Soil

The best soil for Alocasia 'Regal Shield' should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients.

Most aroids potting mixes are ideal for the plant. Buy quality Aroids Potting Mix for Regal Shield Alocasia online from Etsy.

Pruning

Pruning Alocasia 'Regal Shield' is easy as it only requires removal of yellow and diseased leaves as they occur to maintain the plant neat and to discourage 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.

Propagation

Alocasia 'Regal Shield' can be propagated by plant division at the beginning of the growing season.

How to propagate Alocasia 'Regal Shield' by plant division

Thoroughly water the Alocasia 'Regal Shield' at least one day before to make it easier to divide and also hasten establishment as a well hydrated plant suffers less shock and takes a shorter time to take root.

Carefully take the Alocasia 'Regal Shield' out of 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.

Pot the sections in individual pots in moist, free-draining soil at the same depth that they were in the previous pot.

Make sure 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 you can begin routine care.

Alocasia 'Regal Shield', Regal Shield Elephant Ear

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Alocasia 'Regal Shield' Problems Indoors

Alocasia 'Regal Shield' problems indoors are caused by cultural faults (improper care). The problems include plant death, leaf spots, yellowing leaves, drooping leaves, dropping leaves, pests and diseases. Keep reading for more on these problems and how to solve them.

Leaves losing color and dying

The reason why the leaves in Alocasia 'Regal Shield' are losing color and dying is too little or too much light.

Move the Regal Shield Alocasia to a brighter spot and ensure it receives bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight or instal a grow light if the natural light is inadequate.

Yellowing and dropping leaves

Low humidity is the reason for the yellowing and dropping of the leaves in Alocasia 'Regal Shield'.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier to raise humidity.

However, it is natural for the older leaves in Regal Shield Alocasia 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.

Dropping leaves and plant dying

There are three possible reasons why Alocasia 'Regal Shield' is dropping leaves and dying. These three reasons signal dormancy for Alocasia 'Regal Shield' 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 Regal Shield Alocasia are dropping and the plant is dying is too little light.

Move the plant to a brighter spot and ensure it receives bright, indirect light or instal a grow light if the natural lighting is inadequate. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

The second possible reason why the leaves in Alocasia 'Regal Shield' are dropping and the plant is dying is too low temperature below 130C.

Regal Shield Alocasia grows best in average warmth between 150C and 270C. Protect the plant from cold drafts to avoid sudden drops in temperature and maintain average warmth.

The third possible reason why the leaves in Alocasia 'Regal Shield' are dropping and the plant is dying is underwatering.

Keep the soil moderately moist during the growing season and reduce watering in the cold season to keep the soil barely moist but never allow the soil to dry out completely.

Brown leaf edges

One possible cause of brown leaf edges in Alocasia 'Regal Shield' 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 or place the plant in a bathroom or other moist areas in the home if there is adequate lighting. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

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

Regularly flush out accumulated salts from the soil by running a stream of water through the soil until the water comes out through the drainage holes.

Allow the stream of water to run for a few minutes. Repeat the process several times.

Drooping leaves

There are two possible causes of drooping leaves in Alocasia 'Regal Shield'. One possible reason is too little light.

Move the plant to a brighter spot where it can receive bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight or instal a grow light if the natural light is inadequate.

The second possible cause of drooping leaves in Regal Shield Alocasia is underwatering. Keep the soil moderately 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.

Dark brown or black leaf spots

Dark brown or black leaf spots in Alocasia 'Regal Shield' 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 the Regal Shield Alocasia.

Pests

Common pests in Alocasia 'Regal Shield' are Spider Mites, Mealy Bugs, Aphids and Scale Insects. Isolate the affected plant to prevent further spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests. Read on how to identify and get rid of pests in houseplants.

Is Alocasia 'Regal Shield' toxic?

Alocasia 'Regal Shield' (Regal Shield Elephant Ear) like other Alocasia Plants is toxic to both humans and pets as outlined by ASPCA.

Regal Shield Alocasia 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.

Keep it away from the reach of children and pets to avoid any mishaps.

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