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Monday, May 11, 2020

Alocasia Micholitziana


Alocasia Micholitziana is commonly known as Green Velvet Alocasia, Green Velvet Taro. This particular one is endermic to the island of Luzon in Philippines.
I must say that it was unpopularly mis-identified and still is as Alocasia Frydek where this particular one has white patches on the leaves as a variegated specimen. The common green one however is now very much identified as Alocasia Micholitziana.

It has similar apperance of a Jewel Alocasia and almost similarly with African Mask Alocasia.
This one has velvety sheen on the foliage surface. The texture is almost satin like feel.

The Care and Cultivation is very similar with Jewel Alocasia specification:


Not too hot that will jade or burn the foliage and not too shaded that the leaves will start to turn yellow and wither away - a bright shade is the most ideal thing for this one.


I often find this one grown and cultivated inside a cocopeat and end up killing it when overwatering it. And thus removing the access cocopeat and mix the medium 50% cocochips with 50% sand to create the fast draining factor for watering purpose.


Overwatering is the main reason why this plant dies - do be very concern about this matter. However I also have come across where this one also does well in the hydroponic conditions where it is planted using lecaballs and the rootball slightly submerged in the water container.


I find this is the most important factor - without proper feeding this plant will slowly will loose it leaves - one in a week and eventually goes dormant. It does however have a corm (bulb) that is very important to consider not to overwater it to cause it to go rotting inside the soil. Thus - proper care is required that it won't go dormant and totally lost.
Though - it may go dormant - do make sure it doesn't rot away.

I normally use foliar fertilizer in half strength, just not to overwhelm the plant, in case it goes into shock or domancy.

Also I had found with my research the best fertilizer that works for this one is root hormone known as B1 and osmocote fertilizers. I believe seaweed solution too works best. The most important factor is getting the right balance and very much fall in the trial and error factors - it is somehow not a easy plant to cultivate but truly a rewarding one.

Other matters concerning the Care & Cultivation Methods on Watering, Medium and Pruning

Do refer to the link below:
Introduction to Jewel Alocasia

Do click to the Link Below 
To check on the Main Page Concerning Different Types of Jewel Alocasia:

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