Alocasia Silver Dragon Care
Even if you don’t have much experience growing tropical plants, you can host an Alocasia silver dragon in your home because it is not overly demanding, despite its exotic appearance.
Of course, there are some conditions you need to meet, but with the help and advice we share with you in this paragraph, it will not be a big problem.
Alocasia silver dragon is sensitive to excessive light and exposure to direct sunlight. It grows best if it gets a lot of filtered light. Do not place it too close to the west or south window as its leaves quickly get sunburned.
To grow evenly, it needs uniform lighting on all sides. However, such conditions are difficult to achieve except in the greenhouse. As a result, the plant often distorts towards the light source, which ruins its shape. To avoid this, rotate the pot once a week so that all the leaves get enough light and the plant can withstand compact growth.
If you place the plant in a position with less light, the leaves will lose their color intensity, and the silvery sheen may be completely absent. Additionally, the leaves of the plant that grow in the shade never reach their maximum size creating a thinned rosette of pale leaves.
Proper watering rhythm is one of the vital factors in the successful cultivation of this beautiful houseplant. It is sensitive to overwatering and unnecessary wetting of leaves and stems, but also lack of water causes stress manifested by dry brown leaf tips or twisting the leaves.
The basic rule is that the watering frequency depends on the season, temperature, sunlight, and soil composition in which it grows. In the period of intensive growth from spring to autumn, water it approximately two or three times a week, as soon as the substrate dries on the surface. Alocasia silver dragon likes moisture in the soil but does not tolerate a swampy or soggy environment.
If you want the plant to feel comfortable, learn to distinguish moist from wet soil. The lower half of the substrate should always be slightly moist but never wet or completely dry.
From autumn to spring, water the plant once a week or once every ten days. In this period, when there is little natural light and when temperatures are lower, the plant will enter a dormant phase. It means it will not give new leaves since all processes are reduced, and the plant collects energy for the new season.
If the plant rejects some leaves, do not panic. At this stage, this is a common occurrence. When watering the silver dragon alocasia, do not use tap water. Namely, the plant is sensitive to salts, minerals, or chlorine that this water contains, which can cause leaf spots when deposited in the soil.
Therefore, always leave the water to stand for at least 24 hours, which is usually enough for these elements to evaporate before watering the plant. Alternatively, you can use distilled water that does not contain potentially harmful substances.
The soil in which you plant your silver dragon alocasia must meet several conditions: good permeability, airiness, nutrients, and a slightly acidic to neutral pH reaction in the range of 5.0 to 7.5.
Rapid water flows through the soil is necessary to avoid its retention and accumulation around the root system. The thickened fleshy rhizome root is very prone to rot if it is exposed to excessively wet soil.
On the other hand, the soil should not dry out completely then it should retain the required amount of moisture without endangering the plant. That is why you can combine standard potting soil with coarser sand or perlite and peat moss in equal proportions.
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