Alocasia Purple Cloak
About Alocasia Purple Cloak
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! ⚠️
Also known as
alocasia purple cloak
How to care for Alocasia Purple Cloak
How often to water your Alocasia Purple Cloak
Alocasia Purple Cloak needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Columbia, South Carolina.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Alocasia Purple Cloak in your home
Alocasia Purple Cloak 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 Columbia, South Carolina ⛅.
How to fertilize Alocasia Purple Cloak
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 Purple Cloak after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Alocasia Purple Cloak prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Alocasia Purple Cloak may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.
If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.
Alocasia Purple Cloak doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.
Alocasia Purple Cloak does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Alocasia Purple Cloak should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
It’s common for Alocasia Purple Cloak to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.
Alocasia Purple Cloak is native to tropical and subtropical Asia and Eastern Australia.
Care Summary for Alocasia Purple Cloak
Alocasia Purple Cloak
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 3ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Columbia, South Carolina, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.