Alocasia Regal Shield
A Beginner's Guide to Alocasia Regal Shield Care | All you Need to Grow!
Common Name: African Mask, Hardy Elephant Ears
Botanical name: Alocasia Regal Shield
The Alocasia Regal Shield—famously known as the Elephant Ear plant—makes an architectural statement with long upright stems and extra large, sculptural & deeply veined foliage that will soothe and mesmerize you. This indoor plant is a wonderful natural work of art that will wow all who gaze upon it!
Important! Alocasias are poisonous if ingested, so be very careful if you have pets and/or small children.
Light is critical for all plants, but especially for Alocasia Regal Shield. Bright indirect light for about six hours a day is enough to keep these houseplants healthy. Alocasia can handle lower light or fewer hours of bright indirect light, but in order for the plant to really thrive it needs plenty of bright indirect light.
Alocasia Regal Shield has medium water requirements, which means they don't like to completely dry out, but they also don't like to sit in standing water. You want to let the soil dry out until 3/4 of the soil is dry. Alocasia Regal Shield do not like to be over watered so if you are unsure about if it's necessary to water them, its best to err on the side of caution and refrain from the rain head!nWhen you water these houseplants, saturate the soil and let the water run through the drainage holes in the pot. Well draining soil is very important for plants like Alocasia Regal Shield. These houseplants simply do not tolerate wet feet.
Warmer temperatures are ideal for Alocasia houseplants. These tropical plants prefer to stay between 60-80 degrees. Avoid drafts that can occur near windows and doors and also avoid placing the plants near heating or cooling vents.
The more humidity the better for Alocasia Regal Shield. These beautiful indoor plants thrive with high humidity, so placing the plant near a humidifier or using a pebble tray with water will provide the extra dampness they crave.
Proper nutrition will help your Alocasia push out big, beautiful leaves. Fertilize when the plant is actively growing during the warmer months. Use a ¼ diluted complete liquid fertilizer when watering or you can use seaweed or fish emulsion.
Alocasia Regal Shield needs their beauty rest and they require a dormant period. Do not fertilize during the colder months when the plant is not growing.
These indoor plants are slow-medium growers with their maximum height reaching around 4-5’
Pet Friend or Foe
These indoor plants are Toxic to pets! Foe
- Routinely treat the plant and the soil with horticultural oil like neem oil. These houseplants are prone to pests, so taking preventative steps can keep the plant healthy and beautiful.
- Plants need clean leaves to effectively complete the process of photosynthesis. Gently clean the leaves using a damp cloth to not only keep the houseplant looking amazing but also to allow the Alocasia to grow to its full potential.
- Don't be in a rush to repot. Alocasia likes to be slightly root bound and prefers to stay in the same pot for a while. When you notice the roots beginning to poke through the holes in the grow pot or creep out at the top of the soil then it is time to repot.