It would not be wrong to say that the Alocasia Mickey Mouse is a plant with a confusing lineage. According to the most trustable opinions, it is part of the genus Xanthosoma. However, the genus name of the same family ‘Alocasia’ is commonly used with it. This is probably due to the close resemblance of the plant with the Alocasians. This genus of the family Araceae constitutes a collection of flowering plants. Natively, they belong to tropical America. However, they are popularly cultivated in different regions of the world including tropical climates. In an open outdoor environment, the plant can get about 6 feet tall with a mature spread of about 5 feet. However, the size of the indoor ones depends upon the growing conditions like the available space and sunlight. A common, well-cared for plant can still reach 3 to 5 feet tall indoors!
Watering: Check weekly, water if top 25% of soil is dry. Alocasia do not tolerate drying out.
Light Requirements: Medium, indirect sunlight. Direct sun will scorch the Mickey Mouse's delicate leaves.
Humidity Needs: 60-70%
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 but would benefit from the boost of a humidifier or greenhouse conditions. Also keep an eye out for common plant pests that love the humidity levels of alocasias.
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