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Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek' syn. Alocasia micholitziana 'Maxkowskii'(Green Velvet Alocasia)

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The Alocasia micholitziana ‘Frydek’ is a beautifully decorative plant with large, arrow-shaped leaves. The deep green foliage has cream coloured veins and a wonderful velvety texture and appearance. 

RATING: Moderate- Difficult to care for. Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek' is a real tropical beauty, but can be a bit tricky to care for.

LOVES: Green Velvet Alocasia enjoy being watered when the top two inches of the soil are dry.

HATES: Over-watering, wet leaves, and soggy soil can make your Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek' houseplant susceptible to a variety of serious fungal infections as well as root rot.

Pot diameters:
12cm, 19cm

More information and care recommendations are below.


    The Alocasia micholitziana ‘Frydek’ is a beautifully decorative plant with large, arrow-shaped leaves. The deep green foliage has cream coloured veins and a wonderful velvety texture and appearance.

    One of about 80 currently known species of Alocasia, the micholitziana ‘Frydek’ is a real tropical beauty, native to the Philippines. Henry Frederick Conrad Sander, a German orchidologist, was the first in Europe to describe the plant, writing about it in 1900’s, and naming it to honour his friend Wilhelm Micholitz.

    There is some confusion about the true botanical name of this plant, with ‘Frydek’ originally referring to a variegated form of the species. Alocasia micholitziana ‘Green Velvet’ is considered the most correct botanical name, with an alternative of Alocasia michlitziana ‘Maxkowskii’.

    Quick Care Guide

    Care Difficulty: This plant has moderate care needs.

    Light requirements: In its native habitat Alocasia micholitziana 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 the frydek plant 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: Green velvet 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: The Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek' 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.

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