Pamper this Aroid with a regular spring and summer watering regime. Use warm water sparingly to keep the compost moist. It is natural for the leaves to die during winter and re-grow in spring. A monthly slow release fertiliser is recommended during the growing season.
Pet / Child
The leaves, stalks and roots of this species contain oxalic acid and are known to be harmful. Gloves are recommended for disposing of dead foliage.
Temperature / Humidity
Alocasia zebrina needs warm conditions with temperatures in the range of 18°C to 22°C (64°F to 71°F). A moist pebble tray and daily summer misting helps to maintain a tropical microclimate.
The zebrina cultivar needs a high-quality compost with excellent drainage. Ensure that the planter or pot has plenty of drainage holes.
Light / Position
Position in a bright spot that offers protection from direct sunlight. Avoid drafts and radiators.
With such large leaves for photosynthesis, this exotic houseplant is an excellent Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to Oxygen convertor.
Growth / Spread
This Alocasia grows quickly to a maximum height of around 90cm (3ft). Mature plants can have leaves which can be around 38cm (15in) long. The leaves of this variety often die back in winter; new leaves will appear in spring.
This species has a fascinating history. The original examples were found on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.