Last Updated on December 4, 2022 by Plant Mom Care
The stunning Alocasia Azlanii is indigenous to Borneo. This rare plant is a newcomer to the worldwide ornamental gardening world since it was only cultivated in its native environment. This exceptional plant’s leaves are waxy dark green with dark purple veins, bright green edges, and purple undersides.
The oval leaves appear slightly wrinkled and can be almost 8 inches long. This evergreen is a fast grower and will reach its mature height of 2 feet within two years.
Caring for this plant is rather easy since it’s a hardy plant that tolerates some neglect. Provide it with similar conditions to its natural growing conditions to keep it healthy and thriving.
Alocasia Azlanii Light Requirements
This can tolerate almost any sort of lighting, it does best under indirect bright light but can thrive if it is exposed to early morning and/or late afternoon direct sun for short times every day.
But be careful not to expose it excessively to direct sun as this can damage the leaves.
Given its tolerance for different types of light you can also grow it under grow lights.
Alocasia Azlanii Watering
Water the plant when the first two inches of topsoil are looking dry. The soil should be moist but not soggy as overwatering will make leaf edges turn brown and curl. Overwatering will also attract fungus and bring on root rot. Underwatering will cause wilting, and drooping and make the leaves turn yellow.
The main problems with this plant are linked to over- and under-watering. In either case, adjust your watering schedule taking into account humidity, temperature, and the seasons since the plant will need less water in winter and more water in summer.
Make sure to water the plant at least once a day or two during summer to prevent wilting as the soil might dry out rapidly.
Alocasia Azlanii Humidity
This plant will not grow well in low humidity or an arid climate and thrives in humidity levels around 60% or higher. Low humidity will stress the plant and make growth slow down.
Signs of low humidity show up as brown leaf edges and brown spots on the leaves. Humidity can be increased by misting and keeping a humidifier near the plant.
Alocasia Azlanii Temperature
This plant prefers to grow in temperatures between 65 – 75°F to promote proper growth and flowering. Avoid exposing the plant to cold drafts, as their leaves will suffer damage. Sudden changes in temperature or humidity add unwanted stress and make the plant more susceptible to pests or diseases.
Alocasia Azlanii Soil
The plant likes well-drained aerated soil that can also retain some water. You can create a nice mix by combining two parts of potting soil with one part each of perlite and coco coir.
Alocasia Azlanii Repotting
This fast-growing plant needs repotting every 1 or 2 years. Use a container about 1-2 inches bigger than the prior one with plenty of drainage capacity to repot the plant, lightly tamp the soil down, water it well, and keep it under indirect light.
Alocasia Azlanii Propagation
This is an expensive plant but can be propagated to create more plants that you can perhaps sell to recoup the money you spent buying it. The three ways for propagation are by offsets, division, and seeds. Regardless of the method you use make sure to propagate it in spring or summer.
Offsets are a simple way of propagation, because they are already miniature healthy versions of the plant, with their roots but do not use this method if the offset is smaller than 3 inches as the roots might not be properly developed.
Carefully cut the roots separating the offset from the mother, without damaging the roots too much. Then plant it into a pot proportional to the size of the offset.
The division works similarly to the method used for separating offsets. This is best done during repotting. Divide the tuberous rhizome into 2 or 3 sections, ensuring each section has one eye at least, replant them in a pot of soil and water them well.
Seeds are not only a cost-effective way to propagate this plant, but they can be started at any time, even in winter, this takes a long time, so be patient. Soak the seeds in warm water for one day.
Then sow them about ½ inch deep in soil and water them lightly. Keep the soil moistened until they germinate – this might take 2 months or so. Transplant them into individual pots when they reach about 3 inches tall.
Feed the plant every 2 weeks with a diluted balanced fertilizer in spring and summer. Reduce feeding in autumn and stop completely in winter when the plant becomes dormant. Follow the instructions carefully and do not over-fertilize the plant as the roots might get burnt.
Alocasia Azlanii Common Problems
This plant is vulnerable to being attacked by pests like spider mites, scale, mealybugs, and aphids which appear when the plant is not properly cared for and maintained. First, try and identify which pest is causing the problem and eliminate them with the appropriate remedy.
Neem oil generally takes care of most of these pests. Spray the plant with a diluted solution and repeat this after 2 weeks. Wiping the leaves with rubbing alcohol will help remove the scale.
Regularly wipe down the leaves to remove dust and prevent any pests from settling on the leaves.
You can use a washcloth soaked in warm water every week or so or you can soak the washcloth in a solution of insecticidal soap or neem oil instead.
How big do Alocasia Azlanii grow?
This plant can grow 2 feet high or so when fully mature.
Why is my alocasia Azlanii drooping?
Underwatering can make the leaves start drooping and turn yellow. Increase the frequency of watering but keep in mind that the plant requires less water in winter when it becomes dormant.
What happens when Alocasia is overwatered?
Over-watering will create black or brown spots on the leaves and the stems might become mushy. Root rot and/or fungal infection can also affect the plant when it is overwatered. Always check the soil before you water the plant – the topsoil should be slightly dry and shouldn’t be saturated or soggy with water.