How to care for your Alocasia Melo?
The Alocasia species can best be placed in a spot with some indirect sunlight. Make sure no bright direct sunlight will hit the leaves, it could cause burn marks on those gorgeous leaves. Alocasia can handle a bit of shade throughout the day.
Depending on your climate, Alocasia might be a bit needy when it comes to watering. Alocasia Melo is most happy with a bit of a moist soil. Always be careful not to drown the plant in too much water.
The Alocasia Melo likes a well draining potting soil. Drainage is key with most Alocasia. Use a light potting mixture, combining your regular soil with some perlite and pine bark. If you don’t like the hassle of making your own soil you can try using our pre-made soil mixtures, which are great for all aroids.
Like most aroids the Alocasia likes a humid environment. The humidity should be at least 65%. The Alocasia Melo will thrive in a higher humidity. It can be a bit of a drama queen, if your humidity drops below 50% it may give you crispy leaves.
In the summer months you can fertilise the plant once every other week. In the colder and winter months no fertiliser is needed. Please always check the instructions on your own fertiliser if it has other care instructions.
The best time to repot is during the beginning of the growing season. Check if your plant is root bound in it’s nursery pot. Then it’s time to move it to a bigger size pot of around 2 cm extra.
The Alocasia is toxic for humans and animals if ingested.
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