Alocasia baginda 'Dragon Scale'

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Scientific Name
Alocasia baginda (His majesty's lotus-root plant) 'Dragonscale'

Common Name
Dragon Plant, Dragon Scale Plant

Origin
Native to Southeast Asia

Description
The Alocasia baginda is accustomed to hot, humid and moist conditions in its native Borneo, so will appreciate a warm location in your house too- though not next to a radiator, which would risk drying it out far too quickly. The leaves give this plant its common name, as the shiny, paler middles of the leaves between the veins make it look like ths scales of a mythical being. For a fantastical backdrop of dragonscales- or alternatively for pretty, gradient-green foliage- get yourself a dragon scale plant!

Light
Bright, indirect light will make alocasias happy- either from overhead or within 2m of a window. Just make sure it's not too direct as this can scorch the leaves!

Water

Allow the top third of the soil to dry out in between waters; keep in mind it will need slightly less watering in the cooler months.

Humidity
Average household humidity is fine; when your heating is on, try increasing the humidity with a humidity tray. Will benefit from an occasional hose down to keep it free of dust and hydrate the leaves!

Soil

Use a moisture-retentive soil to keep this thirsty plant happy but not too soggy. Repot every two years if absolutely necessary; these plants would rather be potbound than risk being shocked by moving.

Food
Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six in autumn and winter. Pre-water the soil before applying 'ready to use' products to protect the roots.

Temperature

Ideally likes temperatures of 20-30°C; make sure it doesn't drop below 12°C in winter.

Pet-safe
No, this plant is toxic to pets and small humans.

Sprouts Top Tips
To maintain your alocasia, prune away any yellowed leaves with a sharp blade and clean cuts; don't cut through yellowed tissue and make sure cuts are clean to avoid shocking the plant!

 

 

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Yasmin
My beautiful baby arrived in perfect condi...

My beautiful baby arrived in perfect condition, thank you ☺️

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Yasmin
My beautiful baby arrived in perfect condi...

My beautiful baby arrived in perfect condition, thank you ☺️

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Antonette
Established plant with large mature leaves...

Established plant with large mature leaves. Worth the price and a great addition to my plant collection.