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Alocasia lauterbachiana

An upright, evergreen rhizomatous perennial houseplant with long, spear-shaped dark green leaves with wavy edges. Stems are flecked with green and purple, providing extra interest

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Purple Green
Summer Green Purple Green
Autumn Green Purple Green
Winter Green Purple Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1A
Botanical details
Family
Araceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Potentially harmful
Ingestion may cause severe discomfort, Sap may be a skin and eye irritant. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Alocasia are robust evergreen rhizomatous or tuberous perennials with large, usually peltate, leaves with conspicuous veins; insignificant flowering spathes may be followed by orange-red fruits

Name status

Correct

Plant range
N New Guinea to Bismarck Arch.

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow indoors in a potting mixture of equal parts of composted bark, loam and sand, in filtered light. Water freely in the growing season and provide high humidity by placing the container on a tray or moist gravel or pebbles. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser every 2-3 weeks. Water moderately in winter. Requires a minimum temperature of 15-18°C (59-64°F)

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 23°C (73°F) as soon as ripe. Propagate by Division in spring or summer. Propagate by stem cuttings in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to glasshouse red spider mite and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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