Alocasia lauterbachiana, the purple sword, silver sword, or baroque sword, is a species of flowering plant in the family Araceae, native to northern New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago. With its upward-pointing leaves reaching 1.5 m (5 ft), it can easily be kept to maturity even indoors.
Watering: Check weekly, water if top 25% of soil is dry. Alocasia do not tolerate drying out.
Light Requirements: Medium to bright indirect sunlight
Humidity Needs: Moderate to high, 70% and up 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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