How to grow and care for Alocasia wentii (Went's Hardy Alocasia) Indoors

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Alocasia wentii Care, Went's Hardy Alocasia care

Botanical name: Alocasia wentii
Family: Araceae
Common names: Went's Hardy Alocasia, Hardy Alocasia, Hardy Elephant Ear, New Guinea Shield, Purple Umbrella Plant

Alocasia wentii Description

Alocasia wentii commonly called Went's Hardy Alocasia, Hardy Alocasia, Hardy Elephant Ear, New Guinea Shield or Purple Umbrella Plant is a beautiful easy to grow plant which easily adapts to indoor growing conditions.

Went's Hardy Alocasia bears beautiful heart-shaped, glossy green leaves with prominent veins and purple-hued (metallic maroon) undersides.

Hardy Alocasia like the name suggests is more hardy than other Alocasia plants and will tolerate most indoor growing conditions to thrive indoors.

The common name 'Purple Umbrella' is in reference to the purple undersides which is an adaptation to the mottled light of its native rainforest floors.

Alocasia wentii Size

Went's Hardy Alocasia is a fast growing plant which grows to a height of 3 ft and about 3 ft wide. The leaves can grow to 1 ft long.

Alocasia wentii Flower

The flowers in Alocasia wentii are unimpressive pale-colored spathes which only last a few days. To conserve the plants energy and direct it to foliage growth, cut the flowers as soon as they appear.

Alocasia wentii Origin

Alocasia wentii has its orgins in the warm humid tropical areas of New Guinea and hence the common name 'New Guinea Shield'.

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Alocasia wentii Care Indoors

Alocasia wentii Light Requirements

Alocasia wentii grows best under bright, indirect light. It also does well under artificial light. Keep your Alocasia wentii away from direct sunlight as it can lead to brown sunscorch marks on the leaves.

Too little light for your Alocasia wentii 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 wentii gets light on all sides for even growth. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Alocasia wentii

Alocasia wentii prefers the soil to be kept moist at all times 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.

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

Alocasia wentii does not like soggy soil as it is prone to fungal infestations.

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


Temperature for Alocasia wentii

Average warmth with a minimum of 130C and a maximum of 300C is ideal for your Alocasia wentii. Below 130C, Alocasia wentii may drop all its leaves and go into dormancy stage.

Alocasia wentii 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 wentii

Alocasia wentii requires high humidity inorder to thrive. To raise humidity for your Alocasia wentii 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.

Regularly clean the leaves of your Alocasia wentii 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 wentii Fertilizer (Feeding)

Feed Alocasia wentii with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer every 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 wentii 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 wentii Repotting

Alocasia wentii prefers to be root-bound, therefore frequent repotting is not needed. Avoid frequent repotting as the plant can take upto 4-6 weeks to recover from repotting shock.

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

The best soil for your Alocasia wentii 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 wentii Pruning

Pruning Alocasia wentii 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 wentii Propagation

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

How to Propagate Alocasia wentii by Plant Division

Carefully take out your Alocasia wentii 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 wentii 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 wentii Problems Indoors

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

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

Alocasia wentii 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.

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

There are three possible reasons why the leaves of your Alocasia wentii are dropping and the plant is dying. These three reasons signal dormancy for Alocasia wentii 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 wentii are dropping and the plant is dying is too little light.

Alocasia wentii 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 wentii are dropping and the plant is dying is too low temperature below 130C.

Alocasia wentii grows best in average warmth between 130C and 300C. Protect the plant from cold and hot draughts which cause sudden changes in temperature.

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

Alocasia wentii prefers the soil to be kept moist at all times 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 wentii have brown leaf edges?

One possible cause of brown leaf edges in your Alocasia wentii 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 wentii 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 wentii 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 wentii 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 wentii drooping?

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

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

The second possible cause of drooping leaves in your Alocasia wentii is underwatering. Alocasia wentii prefers the soil to be kept moist at all times 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 wentii yellowing and dropping?

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

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 wentii 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 wentii?

Dark brown or black spots on leaves of your Alocasia wentii 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 wentii.

Alocasia wentii Pests

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

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

Is Alocasia wentii toxic?

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

Alocasia wentii 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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