How to Grow Alocasia Plant-Watering Tips

Hello! Just looking to clarify how much and often I should be watering my alocasia plant. I just bought it today and all the potted soil was dry. Also will I be ok to not fertilize until after winter ?



Hi Krissy,

Wavy leaves, white veined Alocasia Plant
Alocasia Plant


Here are some care tips for your new alocaia plant.

Water: Always allow the top 2″- 3″ of the soil of to dry out before watering, and try to keep the soil evenly moist. Over-watering, wet leaves, and soggy soil make an alocasia plant susceptible to a variety of serious fungal infections. Check the soil frequently until you are sure of the plant’s watering needs. Water less during the winter when it is dormant.

Plant Food: FeedĀ an Alocasia plant every two weeks from late March through September with a balanced plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Never fertilize during the winter. Too much fertilizer causes salts to build up in the soil and burn the leaves.

Light: An alocasia plant requires very bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., but no direct sun.

You can read all my care tips on how to grow an Alocasia in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.