Alocasia - Poly
- Botanical Name: Alocasia Amazonica
- Origins: Asia
- Light: High Light
- Watering: Every 2 to 7 Days
- Growth Speed: Medium
- Grower: Novice
- Style: Table Top, Standing
- Home Decor: Contemporary
- Variety Code: 597
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Product Description - Poly
There are over 100 species of Alocasia known to science and all are naturally found in the geographical region composed of Southeast Asia and neighboring island nations of the Pacific Ocean. No Alocasia species has ever been found naturally in Central America, the Caribbean, or South America including the Amazon basin although some species have been imported and now thrive in the area.
Alocasia Amazonica is a hybrid member of the scientific family Araceae popularly known as aroids. Alocasia Poly (Alocasia Amazonica) is a hybrid of Alocasia longiloba Miq. (formerly known as the synonym A. watsoniana Hort.) x Alocasia sanderiana Hort. Alocasia Amazonica is not a species, does not grow naturally in any native rain forest, is not from the Amazon and the name should never be used in either the italicized form or with single quotations since it is neither a published species nor a registered cultivar. The name Alocasia Amazonica is simply a made up name created by grower Salvadore Mauro used as a common name for a hybridized cultivated plant created in the 1950's. The Alocasia can be as tall as 4 feet but typically is only 2 to 3 feet in height. The plant will reach a more impressive height in bright light.
Alocasia Amazonica is easy to grow if the conditions plant requires are provided. This hybridized specimen will not do well as a "house plant" on the interior of a home unless it is receiving at least moderately bright light. If grown in too low light the Alocasia often looses much of its green color on the upper surface of the leaf and becomes almost black. In low room light, especially without water, the plant is likely to simply droop, loose the color, and die a slow death. Alocasia Amazonica will grow well in medium filtered light but may not stay as happy as it will in brighter lighting. Full sun may not be advisable in some areas where the summer sun is extremely hot and brilliant.
If grown in direct, or near direct sunlight, this plant can require a great deal of water. Alocasia Amazonica can be watered on a regular basis. This is a hybrid of parent plants which often grow near water and enjoy having their roots in damp soil. The best growing media for this plant is a well aerated soil that can drain quickly. Keep the soil evenly damp but not soggy at all times. Do not allow your plant to dry out completely. Like many Alocasia sp., if planted outdoors Alocasia Amazonica will often go dormant when the temperatures drop below 12.75C (55 degrees F) and you may not see it for some months until spring and warmer weather returns. In most cases the plant will grow again once the temperatures rise and stabilize again. The plant will not tolerate a freeze.
Monday, 06 May 2013 22:20 |
posted by Nancy Andre
I think I may be overwatering too. Mine has the brown spots. I've been avoiding direct sunlight but will try it in the South.
Friday, 26 April 2013 02:31 |
posted by zarina arce
can some one explain the south east west window thing and would they survive with a light bolb light insted of outside light
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:43 |
posted by Leigh Ann Williams
Ida Tate, my guess is that your Alocasia is not getting enough humidity. If it's not too late, you might want to mist it frequently.
Thursday, 07 March 2013 19:03 |
posted by ida tate
HELP needed asap about my little Alocasia poly!! I bought it at Walmart right after Christmas, and simply love the beautiful leaves; but every leaf now has brown edges or big brown spots on them; the 1 new leaf that has grown is turning brown around the edges and the edges are curling up; i have in a east window and it receives filtered sunlight; lately, here in the deep South, it has been cloudy most days; i try to keep the soil damp but i might be over watering it! any help/suggestions will be deeply appreciated
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:28 |
posted by appifish
Can this plant handle being trimmed or cut back?
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 21:32 |
posted by BESSIE DYER
jan.15 2013 bought my first alocasia black magic plant. THE first of many plants that ill by this year.
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 21:18 |
posted by Phllis Isaac
I bought my first Alocasia today,I've wanted one for a long time . It's sitting in my south window ,I'll see how it does. My other plants sitting there are doing great.
Saturday, 20 October 2012 19:46 |
posted by gail barnett
we have two alocasia 'poly ' they sit in a west window they are doing well. There is a what looks like a bloom coming on both plants. I havent found any pics of blooms on anything where I have been looking them up online. I would like help finding pic of Alocasia "Poly"
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 18:05 |
posted by Lennie
You want to be sure to water it real good,I have one & It like a lot of Brite light I have mine in a South Window & Watch for Little Little white Spiters They put Webing all over the Leaves & They Will Kill it!!
I take a wet wash cloth & wipe the leaves & stim all the way down to Dirt if You do this it will grow Real Good for you!!
Good Luck Lennie
Saturday, 21 July 2012 23:27 |
IT WANT TO KNOW HOW TO GROW THIS PLANT. THIS IS MY FIRST ALOCASIA, I HAVE A HOUSE FULL OF EVERY THING ELSE, BUT THIS ONE I'M NOVICE, AND I'M AFRAID I MAY LOSE IT, AND I DON'T WANT TOO. SO MAY BE SOME ONE CAN COACH ME ON HOW TO TAKE CARE OF IT. MY FLOWER ARE LIKE MY CHILDREN AND I VALUE YOU THEM,BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY SPECIAL TO ME. A LOVER OF FLOWERS.
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