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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Alocasia Collection in Nursery - Part 1 (Alocasia Sarian / Alocasia Zebr...

I would like to showcase these Alocasias & Colocasias sold in the local nurseries and would like to share my thought concerning these plants: 

Here in this Collection:
#Alocasia Sarian, 
#Alocasia Zebrina, 
#Colocasia Black Magic,
 #Colocasia illustris, 
#Alocasia Bambino, 

Alocasia Sarian is actually a hybrid variety between Alocasia Zebrina & Alocasia Frydek, this one is named after an agricultural journalist in Philippines named Zac B. Sarian. Hence this plant have similar features of these parent plants - The foliage is wider and firm in texture and it also includes a better part of stem banded features found with Alocasia Zebrina.

Alocasia Zebrina may not have exclusive features on the foliage coloration or surface structure - rather it may have a plant looking green foliage plant - however the main show is on the leaf stem - these have beautiful band like feature on the tall erected stem structure. There are few types of varieties of this kind - for this particular one, these would look like for this Alocasia Zebrina, other stem like varieties can be found with Alocasia Denudata, Alocasia longiloba 'Tiger Taro' which has much darker stem color with prominent banded stem feature.

 Alocasia Bambino often mislabeled as Alocasia Amozonica, this one is often appear like a dwarf version, appearing small but actually that is the optimum plant size - the may look small but they make up by growing more dense and in clump formation appearing like a colony plant.

How to Care & Cultivate Jewel Alocasia 

These Jewel Alocasia are very prone to root rot when over-watered or receive open rain on them - water seems to do more damage on them and so more care is required from them. 

These are commonly sold around region but may have to hunt and seek them out as they are not many when sold in the plant market stock. Often they came as 10 plants and quickly snapped off as many people find them interesting and popular. 

These are what I have managed to find so far: 

Tip 1: Water them once a week - on a very hot day - 3 days once. Just make sure the medium is fairly moist and not soaking wet. Water just ideally enough for the plant to be hydrated as over-watering can cause them to rot and you may have already lost your plant.

 Tip 2: Most of these plants come with a coco peat medium. Change the medium equal portion of sand together with coco chip / existing medium (cocopeat) and manure - You can also add perlite and orchid bark mix. This will help the fast drainage and at the same time - keep the medium fairly moist for a week. 

Tip 3: Keep the plant in a bright indirect light area but not exposed to direct sun and also protected from the rain from getting into the plants. Pest: Do check and guard the plants for spider mite or mealy bugs. A good spray with soap mix with neem oil will help if you are concerned about using chemical pesticide/miticide on them. 

Tip 4: Also do use fungicide time to time to deter root rot.

Tip 5: Trim off the Alocasia flower bud as the plant will focus more on the foliage growth and not use all its nutrients and energy on inflorescent & fruit development. 

Tip 6: Don't be too quick to trim off the yellowing of the leaves - to allow the plant to channel all the nutrients back to the mother plant to make the tuber grow bigger and stable.

Hope all these pointers helps you. 
Do check on this video for more clarification: 

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