Alocasia Stingray

A plant clearly titled after it’s namesake, the Alocasia Stingray is rather exquisite looking. Large in size, with beautiful mono-coloured leaves, the Stingray is elegant and simplistic. It’s leaves are complimented further by the spacious style Alocasias maintain with their airy stem structure. The Alocasia Stingray is a plant which will add a touch of class to any room. It’s beauty is enhanced by simplicity in your home styling. So, feel confident in placing it in a spot by itself. To maintain a healthy plant remember to check in with your plant regularly and make sure it’s soil is moist, is at an ideal temperature, and is still in a perfect spot for lighting to help ensure the production of those new leaves.

The growing behaviour of the Alocasia is quite extraordinary. 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. Alocasia’s 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.

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 Stingray Plant Care

Temperature

The Alocasia Stingray 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.

Light

The Alocasia Stingray requires bright indirect sunlight which improves the leaf colour of your plant.

Watering

Water using room temperature water, in smaller regular amounts, to achieve moist, but not soggy soil. The roots do not like to be left wet so ensure that your pot and soil have good drainage. Less water will be required over the winter months.

Soil

The Alocasia Stingray prefers a well-draining soil which is not too heavy. It needs to be able to retain moisture, but not hold water.

Fertilizer

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.

Toxicity

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.

Maintenance

The Alocasia Stingray 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. You need to also ensure water does not sit in a pool in the stem to avoid stem rot.

Re-potting

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 repot AND change your plants environment may shock your new plant.

Potential Problems

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 may 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. The yellowing of one smaller, older leaf can also be a sign that your plant is simply reinvesting it’s energies into its new growth. Check to see if a new leaf is present at the same time as the yellowing of the older leaves are found. This will explain the issue and is quite a normal process.

Spider Mite: Is a bug that tends to prey upon plants that are already compromised due to poor health. A key indicator to keep an eye out for with your Alocasia is a grey discolouration to it’s leaves.