Alocasia Green Shield
The Alocasia Green Shield is a magnificent houseplant that will add a touch of grandeur and tropical foliage to your living space. With its stunning shield-shaped foliage and lush green colour, this plant is a true statement piece that commands attention. Whether you're a seasoned plant lover or a beginner, the Green Shield is a perfect choice, combining its striking aesthetics with relatively straightforward care requirements.
Lighting: Provide your Alocasia Green Shield with bright, indirect light. It thrives in bright, filtered light but avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves. Find a spot near a north or east-facing window where it can receive gentle, indirect light throughout the day.
Temperature and Humidity: This plant prefers average room temperatures between 18-24°C. Protect it from drafts and avoid placing it in cold or excessively hot areas. The Alocasia Green Shield thrives in high humidity, so consider misting its leaves regularly or placing a humidifier nearby. You can also create a humid microclimate by placing the pot on a tray filled with water and pebbles.
Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist, but be careful not to overwater. Water your Green Shield when the top inch of the soil feels slightly dry. Ensure good drainage by using a well-draining potting mix and a pot with drainage holes. During winter or in low light conditions, reduce the watering frequency to prevent waterlogged soil.
Soil and Fertilization: Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix to provide adequate moisture while allowing excess water to drain away. A mix enriched with organic matter will promote healthy growth. Fertilize your Alocasia Green Shield every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer. Dilute the fertilizer according to the package instructions to avoid overfeeding.
Pruning and Maintenance: Remove any yellow or damaged leaves to maintain the plant's appearance and overall health. Regularly dust the leaves with a soft cloth to keep them clean and free from dust buildup, allowing optimal photosynthesis. Keep an eye out for pests, such as spider mites or aphids, and address them promptly with appropriate treatments if needed.
Potting and Repotting: Repot your Alocasia Green Shield when it becomes root-bound, typically every 1-2 years. Choose a slightly larger pot with good drainage, and refresh the potting mix to provide fresh nutrients for the plant's growth. Spring is an ideal time for repotting.
The Alocasia Green Shield is not only a stunning addition to your indoor jungle but also acts as a natural air purifier, improving the air quality of your home.
Comes in a 14cm plastic pot.