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Alocasia Reginae

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Description

A. Reginae is one of the Jewel Alocasias. The name Reginae means “Of Queens”, and while this princess is not at majestic as its queen A. Renigula, nobody is saying that this little gem is not worthy of royalty.

A. Reginae can be identified by its dark reddish undersides and A. Melo-like veining and patterns. It typically grows 5-6 leaves and stays relatively small for an alocasia.

A. Reginae, like many jewel Alocasia, are somewhat uncommon and expensive. This one, in particular, can be found sparingly online usually around $1oo.

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Care Instructions

Care Level

Because this plant requires high humidity and soil that isn’t too wet, this plant can be very fussy.

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Temperature

Alocasias, like most Aroids will survive in temperatures from 65 to 80 degrees. They are extremely sensitive to cold weather and will shrivel if below 65.

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Toxicity

Alocasias contain oxalate crystals which cause irritation to both animals and humans.

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Water

Allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry before watering.

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Fertilizer

Fertilize every four weeks with diluted houseplant fertilizer in the spring and summer.

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Sunlight

Alocasias naturally grow on the forest floor and cannot tolerate direct light. However, they will not grow without enough of it. A bright area that protects that plant from direct light is recommended.

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Propogation

Alocasias produce what are called “Tubers”. These tubers grow underneath the soil and eventually grow into their own plant. These plants can be separated and grown. The tubers can also be grown.

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Humidity

Alocasias benefit from high humidity. Misting will work somewhat, but a humidifier will really make the difference. They thrive especially well in greenhouses or terrariums with humidifiers.

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Soil

Well-draining soil is recommended for most Aroids, and Alocasia is not an exception. A mix of equal parts houseplant soil, perlite, and peat moss should do fine.

Read more about making your own potting medium here!

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Botany

Native Habitat: Alocasia Reginae can be found is in Borneo where they live in tropical rainforests and along streams and marshes. Unlike most Alocasias, Reginae is found in a humid equatorial climate with no dry season. This means that, unlike most Alocasia, they may not handle being outdoors during the winter as well. They can go dormant but it is unclear if they would come back after that harsh of a winter. 

Life cycle: Alocasia multiply with tubers, rhizomes, or bulbs. These can either be grown in the same pot as the original plant and separated once established or removed during repotting and planted in a new pot. They also will grow blooms and eventually seeds if they are pollinated. 

Botanical Description

Habit: Alocasias are erect herbs.

Roots: Alocaisas have fibrous roots systems.

Stem: A. Reginae has a light to dark green, herbaceous and cylindrical stem. The stem is smooth and has modifications of rhizomes and tubers that allow the plant to create copies of itself as well as store resources.

Leaves: Alocasia Reginae has green leaves with dark red undersides. The leaves are sagittate with cuspidate apexes and sagittate bases. Its venation is reticulate. The leaves have a petiolate attachment with slightly undulate margins. The leaf arrangement of Aclocasias are very interesting because the petioles seem to emerge from the ground without any stem. In fact, they are arranged on modified stems (tubers and rhizomes) underground.

General: These plants are closely related to Colocasia. These plants require you to rotate their pots frequently otherwise they will grow towards the window instead of up. 

Supplies We Recommend

Orchid Fertilizer
While this is called Orchid Fertilizer, it is suitable for Alocasia. Alocasia call for a 20-10-20 NPK ratio. 20-20-20 is also acceptable.

 

Noot Husky Potting Mix
This potting mix is ideal for Alocasia. We highly, highly recommend this product for almost all Aroids. This soil comes dehydrated so you will need to hydrate it, (it hydrates to 2 gallons of soil if used all at once). The good news is that it is very compact and easy to store until you hydrate it, so if you only use some at a time it will last forever, while also taking up very little space. We much prefer this over a 2-gallon bag of soil sitting in our garage that ends up drying out and needing to be re-hydrated anyway.

 

LECA Expanded Clay Pebbles
These clay pebbles are called LECA. They are a great option for low maintenance but a semi hydroponic system like this does incur a larger startup cost. These cannot be used with soil, regular pots, or regular fertilizer. They require hydroponic fertilizer, a slotted pot and cache pot. However, LECA pots are watered much more rarely than soil pots. LECA is also great because it keeps pests and infections at bay, makes root rot very unlikely, and you’ll never have to deal with water-logged soil again. Alocasia are great candidates for LECA as their main way of propagating does require you to feel around in the roots for tubers. LECA makes it possible to remove these tubers very easily and painlessly.

Slotted Clear Plastic Pot
These pots can be used with LECA. Fill this pot with LECA and place in a cache pot. This pack comes with multiple sizes so you can repot all of your plant collection.

 

Self Watering Pots
These pots are great because they come with the slotted pot and cache pot.

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