Alocasia infernalis is a species of flowering plant in the family Araceae, native to Sarawak state, Malaysia. It gets its specific epithet from its dark leaves—nearly black with purple veins—that exhibit a baleful red iridescence depending on the angle of the light and the position of the viewer. Occasionally kept as a houseplant, has been nicknamed "Black Magic".
Watering: Check weekly, water if top 25% of soil is dry during Spring and Summer months. Reduce watering during Fall and Winter to avoid overwatering.
Light Requirements: Medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Humidity Needs: Moderate to high, 70% and above is ideal.
Soil Preference: A well-draining potting mix is ideal. 20% perlite and standard potting mix is recommended.
Fertilizing: Use a balanced fertilizer 1-2x a month in spring and summer. Cease feeding in winter months.
Repotting: Pot up 2" in Spring or Summer when plant becomes root bound.
Pet Safe: No
Common Issues: Crisping due to lack of humidity is a common issue, a pebble tray nearby or underneath can assist. Also keep an eye out for common plant pests that love the humidity levels of alocasias.
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