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Alocasia esculata - Plant

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Description

IT is a tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms, the root vegetables most commonly known as taro. It is believed to be one of the earliest cultivated plants.

This is not a common variety. The regular green to greenish purple variety is commonly seen growing in India. It is usually planted where kitchen washing water flows off. Plants love water and wet areas. It spreads and grows well if given some fertilizer. Even without leaves can be harvested every second week.The yellow variety too is easy to grow. It is slower growing and is also less tolerant of very harsh sunlight.

When growing plants in garden soils, provide regular moisture, especially during dry summer periods, and do not allow soils to dry out. Plants may also be grown as pond marginals in up to 6" of standing water.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Colocasia esculenta Black Magic
Maximum Reachable Height 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Flower Colour white
Bloom Time July to August
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

Do not prune plants in the fall. Simply cut off any dead or diseased canes.Stop fertilizing 6 weeks before the first frost but continue watering during dry autumn weather to help keep plants fortified during the dry winter.Mound, mulch, or add compost after a few frosts but before the ground freezes.

Alocasia esculata care

Also, select a site that gets full sun. For dependable blooms, plants need six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day. If ità ¢ÃƒÆ’ ¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã… ¡ ¬ÃƒÆ’ ¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã… ¾ ¢s too shady, the stems will attempt to lean towards the sun or get spindly and fall over. Most of the popular varieties prefer acidic to neutral soil, but some are lime-tolerant or prefer alkaline soils.

Sunlight Full Sun
Watering medium
Soil well-drained soil
Temperature 45 degrees F
Fertilizer applu any organic fertilizer

Alocasia esculata special feature

Lends a large tropical look to gardens, water margins and large containers. Excellent as a specimen or in groups.

Alocasia esculata uses

Ornamental Use:

  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose

Medicinal Use:

  • The popularity of herbal medicine in recent times is based on the premise that plants contain natural substances that can promote health and alleviate illness
  • One such plant is Colocasia esculenta Linn, commonly known as taro (English); aravi (Hindi) and alupam (Sanskrit)

Frequently Asked Questions

When to repot Alocasia plant?

When plant overgrows in the current pot or after every 2 -3 years change the pot and preferably in June-July.

Planting Alocasia bulbs?

To grow plant through bulbs consider the following points 1. Use a pot having 7-10 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the pot with well drained soil. To sow bulbs make a hole about 2-3 inch in soil, place bulbs in it, cover with soil and apply water. 3. Maintain the moisture in soil by applying water if soil in pot (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. 4. Keep the pot at a location receiving indirect bright light for germination. Seeds will germinate within a 3-4 week. 5. Once the plant is overgrown in current pot, plant it in field. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

When to plant Alocasia bulbs?

To plant Alocasia bulbs April-May month is best suited.

How to trim Alocasia plant?

Alocasia plant need little pruning to develop a strong structure. Remove broken, dead, dying, or damaged branches by using clean cutting shear.

Where to plant Alocasia?

You can grow indoor or outdoor where 1. Direct or indirect bright sunlight for 4-6 hours a day is available. 2. Soil should be nutrient rich and well drained. 3. Apply Water when soil (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. 4. Once the plant is overgrown in current pot, plant it in field. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

How to plant Alocasia odora?

To plant Alocasia odora consider the following points. 1. To grow plant in pot, choose a pot having of 7-10 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the 1/3 pot with well drained soil which is rich in organic content and place the plant in the center of the pot. 3. Fill the remaining pot with same soil. 4. Keep the plant in indirect bright light location for 2-3 days and then gradually move to a location that receives 4-6 hours of direct or indirect bright sunlight. 5. Once the plant is overgrown in current pot, plant it in field. If you are planting purchased plant directly in ground follow below procedure. 1. Keep the plant in indirect bright light for 3-4 days and gradually move to a location receiving direct or indirect bright sunlight for 4-6 hours a day. 2. Dig a pit twice the size of the bag/pot the current plant is in. 3. Fill the 1/3 of pit with soil rich in organic content, place the plant in center and fill the pit with same soil. 4. Apply water. General caring tips- Plant should get 4-6 hours of direct or indirect bright sunlight a day. Water the plant when surface soil (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season (June July).

How to propagate Alocasia plant?

You can propagate Alocasia plant through bulbs. 1. Select healthy and well developed last year bulbs to propagate 2. Use a pot having 7-10 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 3. Fill the pot with well drained soil. To sow bulbs make a hole about 2-3 inch in soil, place bulbs in it, cover with soil and apply water. 4. Maintain the moisture in soil by applying water if soil in pot (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. 5. Keep the pot at a location receiving indirect bright light. Bulbs will germinate within a 1-2 week. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

Why is my Alocasia plant dying?

The main reasons of dying Alocasia plant are as follows 1. Due to over watering or less watering to plant. 2. Plant does not get proper sunlight. 3. Lack of nutrient. 4. Disease and pest infestation.

What is Alocasia plant?

Alocasia is a genus of broad-leaved rhizomatous or tuberous perennial flowering plants from the family Araceae.

Why Alocasia plant leaves turning brown?

The main reasons of leaves turning brown are as follows 1. Due to over watering or less watering to plant. 2. Plant does not get proper sunlight. 3. Lack of nutrient. 4. Disease and pest infestation.

How to plant Alocasia seeds?

To grow Alocasia plant through seed consider the following points 1. Use a pot having 7-10 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the pot with well drained soil. To sow seeds make a hole about 1/2 inch in soil, place seeds in it, cover with soil and apply water. 3. Maintain the moisture in soil by applying water if soil in pot (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. 4. Keep the pot at a location receiving indirect bright light. Seeds will germinate within a 1-2 week. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com