How to care for your Alocasia Metalhead?
The Alocasia species can best be placed in a spot with some indirect sunlight. Make sure no bright direct sunlight will hit the leaves, it could cause burn marks on those gorgeous leaves. Alocasia can handle a bit of shade throughout the day.
Depending on your climate, Alocasia might be a bit needy when it comes to watering. Alocasia Metalhead is most happy with a bit of a moist soil. Always be careful not to drown the plant in too much water.
The Alocasia Metalhead likes a well draining potting soil. Drainage is key with most Alocasia. Use a light potting mixture, combining your regular soil with some perlite and pine bark. If you don’t like the mess of making your own soil you can try using our pre-made soil mixtures, which are great for all aroids.
Like most aroids the Alocasia likes a humid environment. The humidity should be at least 65%. The Alocasia Metalhead will thrive in a higher humidity. It can be a bit of a drama queen, if your humidity drops below 50% it may give you crispy leaves.
In the summer months you can fertilise the plant once every other week. In the colder and winter months no fertiliser is needed. Please always check the instructions on your own fertiliser if it has other care instructions.
Repotting your Alocasia can be done best at the beginning of the growing season. Depending on how root bound your plant is, it’s wise to repot your plant every year or every other year. If the plant is root bound give it a slightly bigger pot. If not, just give your Alocasia some fresh soil.
The Alocasia is toxic for humans and animals if ingested.