Alocasia polly and Alocasia amazonica are both hybrid plants. The two species are largely the same, except for their size: the ‘Polly’ variety stays a bit smaller. Though not very easy plants, they are definitely worth the buy if you can provide what they needs as they have lovely foliage that can look especially stunning when the light shines through the smaller leaves.
Keep reading for everything you need to know to keep your Alocasia polly or Alocasia amazonica alive and happy! These care guidelines can also be applied to other very similar Alocasia cultivars, such as Alocasia bambino.
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Alocasia polly & Alocasia amazonica care
Although the name suggests otherwise, neither of these Alocasia varieties naturally originate from the Amazon rainforest. They were artificially created, though their ‘ancestors’ are naturally found in rainforests in Asia, which gives us some good care indications to keep in mind when growing this plant at home: filtered light, a moist environment and relatively high temperatures should be provided.
With Alocasia polly and Alocasia amazonica these guidelines are a little more important than with most other plants, as they are quite fussy and will quickly die off or go into hibernation mode if care is lacking anywhere.
Planting Alocasia polly and Alocasia amazonica
Their preference for an environment that imitates tropical rainforests also gives us some good planting guidelines for Alocasia polly and Alocasia amazonica.
These plants should absolutely be kept moist, but as with almost all plant species it’s not a good idea to keep the soil too wet or root rot and other problems might become an issue.
- To achieve a good balance, try using a peat-based soil such as this one and adding some perlite to ensure proper drainage.
- Also be sure to always use a pot with a drainage hole so any excess water can easily escape.
- You can repot your Alocasia polly or Alocasia amazonica during Spring if it has outgrown its current container. Because these plants don’t mind a slighty cramped environment it’s usually not necessary to repot every year.
Alocasia polly & Alocasia amazonica location and temperature
Because imitating rainforest conditions is so crucial in keeping these Alocasia varieties alive, finding the right location and temperature range can be a little challenging.
- The ideal location for Alocasia polly and Alocasia amazonica is actually a greenhouse where humidity and temperature can be controlled. Luckily, however, they can also be grown inside the home.
- Find a spot with bright but indirect light. In rainforests the sun is blocked out by higher tree canopies, so this plant will not react well to direct light. However, it also doesn’t like being in the dark at all so be sure to place it near a window.
- Another important factor in keeping your Alocasia polly or Alocasia amazonica happy is humidity. Although there are other ways to make sure the air is moist enough (discussed below), these plants will definitely appreciate being placed in the kitchen or bathroom. Placing them in a spot with plenty of other plants can also help, as moisture will be retained more easily.
- Because they are tropical plants, Alocasia polly and Alocasia amazonica will not appreciate low temperatures at all. In fact, exposing them to cold can cause them to go into hibernation or even die off completely. Be sure to keep them away from drafty spots or any windows that might not be isolated too well (single-pane).
Watering Alocasia polly & Alocasia amazonica
Proper watering is a very important aspect of Alocasia polly and Alocasia amazonica care, so be sure to take some time to figure out a watering schedule that works for this plant. As the amount of water any plant needs depends on environmental factors such as the amount of light and the air humidity level, no watering schedule will be the same.
Soil should stay moist (but not wet/soaked!) during the Summer months when the plant is in full growing mode. During Winter time, when growth is slow or even nonexistent, let the soil dry out a little more – though never completely.
As discussed earlier, the air around your Alocasia polly or Alocasia amazonica should also stay relatively humid. You can achieve this by regularly misting the plant or using a humidity tray with a layer of pebbles and water.
Alocasia polly & Alocasia amazonica propagation
Alocasia polly and Alocasia amazonica can easily be propagated by dividing the rhizome. Just carefully remove the offsets you would like to plant somewhere else during Spring or Summer (when you are repotting, for example).
Feeding Alocasia polly & Alocasia amazonica
You can use a diluted liquid fertilizer to feed your Alocasia polly or Alocasia amazonica around once a month as long as it’s growing. Stop feeding completely during the Winter months or if the plant is dormant.
Is Alocasia toxic to cats and dogs?
The ASPCA and other sources list plants from the Alocasia genus as toxic to both cats and dogs as they can cause an intense burning of the mouth and surrounding areas. So be careful with this one!
Buying Alocasia polly and Alocasia amazonica
Whether a local plant store carries these species is a bit of a hit and miss, though I’ve seen them sold in multiple places throughout the year. If you don’t want to risk heading out to the shop for nothing, you can also order Alocasia polly online here.
If you have any more questions about Alocasia polly and Alocasia amazonica care or want to share your own experiences with this striking houseplant, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!