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Alocasia 'Mickey Mouse' (Xanthosoma sagittifolium 'Variegatum Monstrosum')

Alocasia 'Mickey Mouse' (Xanthosoma sagittifolium 'Variegatum Monstrosum')

Regular price $42.42 USD
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Common NamesMickey Mouse Plant
Botanical Name: Xanthosoma sagittifolium 'Variegatum Monstrosum'


Alocasia 'Mickey Mouse' Description

Alocasia 'Mickey Mouse' features large, glossy, heart-shaped leaves with prominent veins and a deep, dark green color. The edges of the leaves are wavy, and the lobes create a whimsical outline that adds to its decorative appeal. Like other Alocasias, the leaves point upwards, showcasing their velvety texture and vibrant coloring.

Care Plan for Alocasia 'Mickey Mouse'

Light: This plant thrives in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate medium light but will exhibit the best growth and leaf coloration in a well-lit environment. Direct sunlight should be avoided as it can scorch the leaves.

Watering: Water the Alocasia 'Mickey Mouse' when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch. It prefers consistently moist soil but not waterlogged. Overwatering can lead to root rot, which is a common issue with Alocasia plants. Ensure that your pot has good drainage.

Humidity: High humidity is crucial for keeping Alocasia 'Mickey Mouse' healthy. This tropical plant thrives in humid environments, so consider using a humidifier, misting the plant regularly, or placing it on a pebble tray filled with water to increase the surrounding humidity.

Temperature: Maintain indoor temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Alocasia 'Mickey Mouse' does not tolerate cold drafts or temperatures below 50°F (10°C), as these conditions can lead to stress and leaf loss.

Child and Pet Safety: Alocasia 'Mickey Mouse' is toxic if ingested. It contains calcium oxalate crystals that can cause significant oral irritation, pain, and swelling in the mouth and gastrointestinal tract in pets and humans. It is advisable to keep this plant out of reach of children and pets.

General Tips: Fertilize every month during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Regularly check for pests such as spider mites and aphids, which can be attracted to Alocasias. Keep the leaves clean by gently wiping them with a damp cloth to remove dust and enhance their appearance.

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