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Alocasia cucullata (Hooded Dwarf Elephant Ear)

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The Alocasia cucullata has heart shaped leaves which are dark green with prominent veins. It gets its name from the latin word for 'hooded', from where the spathe protects the flower. As a young plant the leaves stand more upright but as it matures the leaves will hang down more, these plants can grow up to 4 meters! Dont worry if you lose a leaf when a new leaf emerges, this is normal. Native to areas on Southeast Asia, this plant is said to bring good luck and good health and is often planted in Buddhist temples.

RATING- Moderate

LOVES- Bright light in winter and semi-shade in summer. Keep compost moist at all times except in winter.

HATES- Dry air so mist leaves frequently. Re-pot once a year in the spring

Pot diameter- 19cm

Approximate height- 70cm

More information and care recommendations are below.

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Overview

The Alocasia cucullata has heart shaped leaves which are dark green with prominent veins. It gets its name from the latin word for 'hooded', from where the spathe protects the flower. As a young plant the leaves stand more upright but as it matures the leaves will hang down more, these plants can grow up to 4 meters! Dont worry if you lose a leaf when a new leaf emerges, this is normal. Native to areas on Southeast Asia, this plant is said to bring good luck and good health and is often planted in Buddhist temples.

Quick Care Guide

Care Difficulty: This plant has moderate care needs.

Light requirements: In its native habitat it grows on the jungle floor and receives bright, dappled light that breaks through the canopy above. As an indoor plant, it requires bright but indirect light.

Watering: Water thoroughly after allowing the top 2 inches of soil to dry out. This plant does not like overwatering so make sure the soil has sufficient drainage and that the pot has drainage holes. During winter they go through a dormancy period so cut back on the watering.

Humidity: Alocasia loves humidity. Grouping humidity-loving plants together can help, as can placing pots of a wet pebble tray. You can mist the area around the foliage although this will only increase humidity temporarily. Be cautious to not mist excessively as this can lead to fungal issues. Humidifiers are also beneficial to increase humidity.

Toxicity: Toxic to pets & humans.

Feeding: Alocasia's can be fed in the growing season during spring and summer, but refrain from feeding in winter.

Repotting: Can be repotted every 1-2 years or when it has outgrown its current pot. Use a chunky soil mix, ideally one created for Alocasias or aroids, that can retain moisture without becoming clumpy and sodden. If the plant doesn’t need a larger pot then the soil can just be refreshed.

Leaf health: As with all houseplants, the build-up of dust on the foliage can be detrimental, ensure you are wiping the leaves clean with a damp cloth every couple of weeks to remove any debris.

Alocasia cucullata (Hooded Dwarf Elephant Ear)
Alocasia cucullata (Hooded Dwarf Elephant Ear)
Alocasia cucullata (Hooded Dwarf Elephant Ear)
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