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Alocasia Silver Dragon

Alocasia Silver Dragon

Regular price $38.38 USD
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Botanical Name: Alocasia baginda
Common Names: Silver Dragon

Alocasia 'Silver Dragon' Description

Alocasia 'Silver Dragon' features compact, heart-shaped leaves that are thick and leathery, showcasing a stunning silvery sheen with dark, prominent veins. The underside of the leaves is often a deeper purple or red, which complements the cooler tones on the surface. This plant typically remains relatively small, making it suitable for indoor spaces such as tabletops or office desks.

Care Plan for Alocasia 'Silver Dragon'

Light: The Silver Dragon thrives in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate medium light but may lose some of its vivid coloring and leaf patterning in lower light conditions. Direct sunlight should be avoided as it can scorch the leaves.

Watering: Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Alocasias prefer consistently moist soil but are sensitive to overwatering, which can lead to root rot. Ensure the pot has excellent drainage and that the soil does not remain soggy after watering.

Humidity: High humidity is crucial for the Silver Dragon, mimicking its native tropical environment. Use a humidifier, mist the plant regularly, or place it on a pebble tray to increase humidity levels around the plant.

Temperature: Maintain an environment with temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Avoid drafts and sudden temperature changes, which can stress the plant.

Child and Pet Safety: The Alocasia 'Silver Dragon' is toxic if ingested. It contains calcium oxalate crystals that can cause oral irritation, difficulty swallowing, and gastrointestinal upset in both pets and humans. It is advisable to keep this plant out of reach of children and pets.

General Tips: Fertilize every two months during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Regularly check for pests, such as spider mites and aphids. Cleaning the leaves with a soft, damp cloth not only keeps the plant looking its best but also helps it to photosynthesize more efficiently.

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