The Alocasia Sarian bucks the small plant trend in New Zealand by being a sizable plant at over a meter tall. The Sarian is the stunning centerpiece you are looking for whether you grow it from a small plant, or you buy it as an established large grade. Alocasia’s have a style that achieve a spacious look with its airy stem and leaf structure. It then adds a touch of tropical flair with its remarkable arrow-shaped forest green leaves which are formed at the end of its tiger-striped stems. The Alocasia Sarian is not a plant you will easily walk past without taking note. An ideal trait to help serve as a reminder to check in with your plant regularly and make sure it has moist soil, is at an ideal temperature, and is still in a perfect spot for lighting.
The growing behaviour of the Alocasia is quite unique. Each new leaf your plant creates is split out of the stem of the last leaf it created, like a domino effect. It is also notable that your plant will be quite fast growing during spring and summer this may mean it requires extra water over this period due to the increased effort of forming all those new leaves. Alocasias form their leaves as part of the stem, not at the end of the stem like most other varieties of plants. This creates those lovely long lines the Alocasia’s are known for, matching them perfectly to the tastes of modern or industrial home styling. As a variety of Alocasia, the Sarian’s then furthers these traits of beautiful lines, with its amplified thick lime-green leaf veins that it proudly displays upon the face of each large leaf.
The Alocasia is a member of the Arum family and has over 70 varieties within its genus. It is a tropical plant that thrives in a warm humid environment and is native to Asia. When grown in optimum conditions one particular variety of Alocasia can reach up to fifteen feet tall and eight feet wide making it quite the spectacle. During cooler months the Alocasia varieties are known to hibernate reducing the amount of energy they are expending. This means your plants require less water and fertiliser over this time. It is said that some varieties of Alocasia die back in the cooler temperature and as mentioned hibernate. Continue to care for your plant as normal and in the warmer months you may be rewarded with new growth from the center rhizome.
Alocasia Sarian Plant Care
The Alocasia Sarian needs to be kept in a warm and humid environment and is very cold sensitive. Its preferred temperature is between 18-22˚C. Keep away from draughts and air conditioning.
The Alocasia Sarian requires bright indirect sunlight which improves the leaf colour of your plant.
Water using room temperature water in smaller regular amounts to achieve moist, but not soggy soil. Don’t let the soil dry out. The roots do not like to be left wet. Less water will be required over the winter months.
The Alocasia Sarian prefers a well-draining soil which is not too heavy. It needs to be able to retain moisture, but not hold water.
During spring and summer use an all-purpose liquid plant food to promote new growth. It is important to increase the amount of fertiliser used if your plant is kept in brighter or warmer conditions as an increase in your plants growth will require additional nutrients.
Alocasia’s are toxic plants. Digestion of the leaves can cause swelling and irritation of the mouth and throat. Keep out of reach of both children and pets.
The Alocasia Sarian needs clean leaves to photosynthesise in order to feed itself. Regularly wipe your plants leaves with a damp soft cloth or give it a full shower every now and again to remove any dust that has accumulated. Regular rotation of your plant will also ensure your plant grows relatively symmetrically. Make sure water does not sit in a pool in the stem to avoid stem rot.
This can be done annually to replace the soil and increase the pot size if required. Re-potting is not recommend when you purchase your new plant as it needs to become accustom to its new environment. To re-pot and change your plants environment may shock your new plant.
Browning spots on the leaf: This can be an indication of several issues; your plants environment is not humid enough, your plant has been burnt by direct light, or it is unhappy about being exposed to cooler temperatures. You may ultimately lose this leaf, but by changing the environmental conditions you believe are failing, you will be able to prevent it from occurring to the other leaves on your plant.
Yellowing or loss of leaves: Over watering will cause your Alocasia to have yellowing leafs which it eventually drop as a key survival tactic. Leaf dropping can also occur due to under watering. Alter your watering regime and check your plant has good air circulation. Once this is corrected your plant should grow new healthier leaves.
Spider Mite: Is a bug that tends to be drawn to Alocasias. A key indicator to keep an eye out for is a grey discolouration on your Alocasia leaves.