Alocasia cuprea 'Red Secret' 40cm
Of all Alocasia hybrids, Alocasia maharani or 'Grey Dragon' is one of the most unique. Known for its grey-green highly textured foliage, the maharani is a jewel Alocasia native to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia. A popular houseplant, easier to grow than some of its finicky relatives. Due to its easy care and striking appearance, this rare Alocasia can be hard to find, but well worth the effort. Pet owners should note that Alocasia maharani is considered toxic to cats and dogs.
What is a Jewel Alocasia?
The term 'Jewel Alocasia' is a common term for Alocasia species known for their small, compact growth and unique foliage. Alocasia maharani, Alocasia dragon scale, Alocasia silver dragon, Alocasia cuprea, and Alocasia black velvet, among others, are all considered jewel Alocasias.
Alocasia Maharani care
As far as Alocasias are concerned, the care of the maharani is not much different from that of other types of houseplants. Some growers find the maharani easier to care for than other varieties such as the Alocasia dragon scale. All Alocasias are known for being somewhat finicky about their growing environment and not being the hardiest houseplants on the property. The most important thing to remember when caring for them is that they need constant humidity to survive indoors. This is not a houseplant that you can forget to water for a few weeks in a row!
Please also note that although Alocasia maharani is a flowering plant, the flowers are generally not as appreciated as the beautiful foliage and it is not uncommon for them not to flower when grown indoors. So don't panic if you don't see any flowers. Some growers even choose to cut the flowers off the plant when they do bloom to refocus that energy on the production of chlorophyll.
The maharani does does best with several hours of bright, indirect light when grown indoors. Avoid direct sunlight whenever possible, especially the harsh midday rays, which will easily burn the delicate leaves of this tropical plant.
To help prevent overwatering and root rot, this Alocasia needs an airy, rich and well-draining soil mix. A mixture of potting soil, perlite, and orchid bark is ideal for these plants.
The soil should remain moist at all times, but not wet between waterings. This means that in spring and summer, when the plant is actively growing and temperatures are warmer, you will probably need to water once or twice a week. In autumn and winter you can give less water because the plant needs less moisture.
Temperature and Humidity
This Alocasia is native to Southeast Asia where it is used to warm, humid conditions. While many homes tend to be on the drier side, the Alocasia maharani grows well at average household temperature and humidity levels. However, it thrives when given some extra humidity. Try placing a small humidifier near the plant or growing it in a naturally moist area such as a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. If you move your maharani outside, make sure it is not exposed to temperatures below 15 degrees if possible.
To promote vigorous growth, you can Alocasia is best fertilized regularly during the active growing season. Use a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted up to half once a month in spring and summer.
Botanical name Alocasia cuprea Altitude 40cm Pot size 12cm Place Parashadow Water requirement Keep moist Toxic Toxic Repot Every 2 years Packaging Special plants mail box Maintenance Normal