Wayne The Alocasia Wentii

ALOCASIA WENTII CARE GUIDE

Also known as the New Guinea Shield. Alocasia's are native to the tropical forests of SouthEast Asia. The Alocasia Wentii is a hybrid of the Alocasia Ordora and Alocasia Gageana.

LIGHTING 

Wayne likes bright filtered light but nothing too bright that will scorch his leaves. Wayne definitely prefers a bit more light than shade and will not tolerate low light. Keep Wayne at least 1 metre away from any windows to avoid damage to his leaves. 

WATERING 

The best way to check if Wayne needs watering is by checking the soil with your finger. 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. It’s best to give Alocasia’s rain water or filtered water due to the harsh chemicals found in tap water.

HUMIDITY 

Wayne 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 Wayne pot to help raise humidity levels.

TEMPERATURE 

The perfect indoor temperature for Wayne is between 18-25ºC degrees celsius. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 15°C Wayne will be happy.

FERTILISER 

Wayne requires rich fertile soil to thrive. Fertilise every 4- 6 weeks with half the recommended strength in the months from March-September.

REPOTTING 

Wayne 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 WENTII

 Brown/crispy edges -The crispy or dry edges could be a sign of two things.

  1. Wayne 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.
  2. Occasionally Wayne leaves will turn brown/yellow if they have been scorched from the sun. Keep Wayne away from any direct sunlight and at least 1 metre away from the window. 

 Drooping leaves -  Wayne prefers his soil to be moist without drying out completely in between each water. When the soil dries out Wayne’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 Wayne thoroughly. Pour out the excess water from her decorative pot, avoid letting Wayne 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. Wayne is not drought tolerant and will like the soil to be consistently moist but not soaking.

 Leaning or uneven growth - If Wayne 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. He will also need less watering if he is in less brighter light. 


 

OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS 

Top tip 1: When Wayne 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 Wayne 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 Wayne  is dropping a lot of his leaves, this could be a sign he is making room for new growth. He is a fast grower and his leaf turnover is high.