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Alocasia Amazonica 'Bambino'

Alocasia Amazonica 'Bambino'

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Common NamesBambino
Botanical Name: Alocasia Amazonica

Alocasia Amazonica 'Bambino' Description

The Alocasia Amazonica 'Bambino' is a compact cultivar of the larger Alocasia Amazonica, commonly known as the African Mask Plant or Elephant's Ear. This miniature version retains all of the striking features of its larger counterpart but is more suitable for smaller spaces due to its diminutive size.

Alocasia 'Bambino' features glossy, arrowhead-shaped leaves that are dark green with prominent white or silvery veins, creating a dramatic contrast. The leaves are stiff and upright, giving the plant a very architectural look. Its compact size, typically reaching only about 12-18 inches in height, makes it ideal for desktops, shelves, and other areas where space is limited.

Care Plan for Alocasia Amazonica 'Bambino'

Light: This plant thrives in bright, indirect light. It needs sufficient light to maintain the vibrancy of its leaves but should be protected from direct sunlight, which can scorch the foliage. A spot near a north or east-facing window covered with a sheer curtain is often ideal.

Watering: Water the 'Bambino' when the top inch of soil feels dry. It prefers to be kept in moist but not waterlogged soil. Ensure the pot has excellent drainage to prevent root rot, a common issue with Alocasias. During the winter or in cooler climates, reduce watering to match the plant's reduced growth rate.

Humidity: High humidity levels are essential for this tropical plant. It can benefit from daily misting, a nearby humidifier, or sitting on a pebble tray filled with water to increase the ambient humidity.

Temperature: Keep temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Avoid sudden temperature drops and cold drafts, as Alocasias are sensitive to changes in temperature. Very sensitive to the cold.

Child and Pet Safety: Like many Alocasias, the 'Bambino' is toxic if ingested. It contains calcium oxalate crystals that can irritate the mouth, tongue, and throat, leading to significant discomfort and potential swelling. Keep this plant out of reach of pets and small children.

General Tips: Fertilize your Alocasia 'Bambino' every two months during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer at half strength. Regularly check for pests, such as spider mites and aphids, as Alocasias can be prone to infestations. Cleaning the leaves regularly with a damp cloth can help maintain their glossy appearance and overall health.

 


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