Common Name: African Mask, Hardy Elephant Ears
Botanical name: Alocasia Dragon Tooth
What do you get when you cross an Elephant Ear with a mythical flying lizard? Alocasia Dragon Tooth, of course! The deeply veined, prominent glossy leaves are the main attraction of this elegant and sophisticated Elephant Ear! Alocasia need a little extra care, but it is well worth the extra help!
Light is critical for all plants, but especially for Alocasia Dragon Tooth. 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 Dragon Tooth 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 Dragon Tooth do not like to be over watered so if you are unsure about if it's necessary to water them, it's best to err on the side of caution and refrain from the rain head! When 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 Dragon Tooth. These houseplants simply do not tolerate wet feet.
Warmer temperatures are ideal for alocasia houseplants. These tropical plants prefer to stay between 60-80°F. 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 Dragon Tooth. 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 Dragon Tooth needs their beauty rest and they require a dormant period. Do not fertilize during the colder months when the plant is not growing. Learn more about when to fertilize your houseplants!
These indoor plants are medium growers with their maximum height reaching around 3’+
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 re-pot. 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 re-pot.