GREG THE ALOCASIA GAGEANA
Also known as the dwarf elephant ear plant. Alocasia's are native to the tropical forests of SouthEast Asia.
Greg likes bright filtered light but nothing too bright that will scorch his leaves. Greg definitely prefers a bit more light than shade and will not tolerate low light. Keep Greg at least 1 metre away from any windows to avoid damage to his leaves.
The best way to check if Greg needs watering is by checking the soil with your finger. The weight of Greg’s nursery pot can also be a good indication that he is ready for a drink. Getting the balance may be tricky as he won’t like his soil to completely dry out or be too soggy. Every week check the first 2-3 inches of the soil and make sure it is dry before watering.
Greg prefers slightly higher humidity levels than what a usual household can provide and he will struggle in very dry spaces. To increase humidity use a humidifier or place a pebble tray underneath Greg’s pot to help raise humidity levels.
The perfect indoor temperature for Greg is between 18-25ºCdegrees celsius. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 15°C Greg will be happy.
Greg requires rich fertile soil to thrive. Fertilise every 4- 6 weeks with half the recommended strength in the months from March-September.
Greg would prefer his roots to be tightly compact. Repot him every 1-2 years to give him more room to grow. You can check the bottom of the nursery pot. If you can see his roots sticking out the bottom it's time to repot.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR ALOCASIA GAGEANA
Brown/crispy edges -The crispy or dry edges could be a sign of two things.
- Greg is lacking humidity. This is usually followed by dropping and the occasional yellowing leaf. Increase humidity levels, use a humidifier, pebble tray or move her to a bathroom.
- Occasionally Greg leaves will turn brown/yellow if they have been scorched from the sun. Keep Greg away from any direct sunlight and at least 1 metre away from the window.
Drooping leaves - Greg prefers his soil to be semi moist without drying out completely between each water. When the soil dries out Greg’s leaves will start to droop and this will indicate that he needs a drink. If the first few inches of soil is bone dry to touch water Greg thoroughly. Pour out the excess water from her decorative pot, avoid letting Greg still in any extra water.
Yellow leaves - The yellow leaves could be a sign of overwatering. Always check the first three inches of the soil before watering. Greg is not drought tolerant and will like the soil to be consistently moist but not soaking.
Leaning or uneven growth - If Greg is in a low/medium light he may start to lean towards a light source. Move him closer to a window where we can get more light.
OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS
Top tip 1: When Greg starts to push out new growth it's important to water him more frequently as he will be using more energy.
Top tip 2: Don’t panic if Greg loses a couple of leaves when first brought home. He is getting used to her new environment. Avoid moving him around too much as this will prevent him from settling him and will cause more leaf loss.
Top tip 3: If Greg is dropping a lot of her leaves, this could be a sign he is making room for new growth. He is a fast grower and his leaf turnover is high.