An outstanding foliage plant for indoors, this amazing Elephants Ear Plant (Alocasia) may not be the easiest to grow, however w provide a guide.
Alocasia baginda ‘Dragon Scale is tropical rainforest plant with silvery-grey-green-blue foliage this a foliage plant with WOW factor. It has been in cultivation for a number of years so is more readily available and also cheaper than it was 5 years ago.
From the foliage has a thick leather feel to it, textured and with very attractive veins running through the leaves.
Its from the Island of Borneo and does require warm humid conditions to grow well. Certainly no frosts or freezes and it really is an indoor plant in most climate zones.
How to grow Alocasia ‘Dragon Scale’
Watering, temperature and humidity are major care factors.
This is a rainforest understory plant, so good filtered light and not direct sun is a basic requirement.
Direct sun will quickly cause leaf burn.
- Humidity and Temperature
Mist spraying to increase humidity is advisable. A temperature range from ,around 55-80°F (13-27°C) should work well. Anything below 55F will cause problems.
Keep the plant away from heating and cooling ducts and drafts.
- Soil/Growing Medium
A free draining soil high in humus content works well. A mix of peat moss, perlite and medium orchid bark should work well.
Like may indoor plants a wet/dry cycle of watering is best, so growing medium as mentioned is important.
Water well, allow the soil to dry a little on top and then water again. Every 2 – 3 days depending on climate and conditions.
A general purpose indoor plant fertiliser every 4. – 6 weeks from spring through summer will be beneficial. Add a little lime to the potting mix.
You will need to repot only when the plant outgrows its container, every 4 years asn an indication.