Alocasia species - Plant
Description for Alocasia species
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates full shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils in part shade. Plant 12-18" apart to cover large areas.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|common periwinkle||greenish white||May to June||20 to 90 cm||easy to grow|
Planting and care
Plant care may require a bit of effort, but the results are well worth the work. Not all plants are fragrant, but the most common and hardy do produce a sweet, carrying fragrance. Common is a vine and has larger glossy green leaves than Royal. Both can survive in temperate climates if they are planted in a sheltered area. Arabian is a small bush with evergreen leaves.
|Full sun to part shade||well-drained soil||Dry to medium||60 and 80 degrees F||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Alocasia species
- Plants love waterÃ¢â‚¬â€but donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t drown them. That is, they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like to sit in water, and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll die if the soil is too wet in winter. The ideal soil is rich and loose, with good drainage. One of the worst mistakes you can make is to not provide adequate drainage.Use mulch.
They do not do well in the dark and need good lighting if inside the house.
Typical uses of Alocasia species
Special features: Versatile ground cover. Good cover for bulb beds. Effective on slopes or banks to stabilize soils and prevent erosion.
Ornamental use: They are typically grown as pot plants, but a better way is to grow the plants permanently in the controlled conditions of a greenhouse.