Plant Care Alocasia Metalhead

Alocasia Metalhead

About Alocasia Metalhead

Alocasias, commonly known as Elephant Ears, are some of the most common houseplants although their leaves can reach enormous sizes when grown outdoors! 🐘 They typically only support a few leaves at a time (more, when they get more sun!) so don't be concerned if you see an old leaf begin to retire after a new one emerges. They grow out of underground corms which are similar to bulbs, so next time you repot keep an eye out for baby Alocasias! They contain calcium oxalate crystals so be sure to keep them out of reach if you have children or pets! ⚠️

Taxonomy

Alocasia 'Metalhead'
Alocasia
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

alocasia metal head

How to care for Alocasia Metalhead

Water

How often to water your Alocasia Metalhead

Water needs for Alocasia Metalhead
0.5 cups
every 9

Alocasia Metalhead needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Alocasia Metalhead

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Alocasia Metalhead in New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Growing Alocasia Metalhead in New Orleans right now

Light needs for plant Alocasia Metalhead in New Orleans, Louisiana

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

February 6th, 2023

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in New Orleans is currently medium 👌.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in deter…

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Light needs for plant Alocasia Metalhead in New Orleans, Louisiana

Sunlight will increase by 25.5% ☀️

February 2nd, 2023

New Orleans is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in New Orleans is expected to increase by 25.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.9 megajoules of energy …

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Finding light for Alocasia Metalhead in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Alocasia Metalhead: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Alocasia Metalhead may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in New Orleans, Louisiana ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Alocasia Metalhead

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Alocasia Metalhead: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Alocasia Metalhead after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Alocasia Metalhead

Nutrient needs for plant Alocasia Metalhead in New Orleans, Louisiana

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

February 4th, 2023

The growing potential in New Orleans is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to r…

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Care Summary for Alocasia Metalhead

Alocasia Metalhead

Alocasia Metalhead


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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