Plant Care Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | Last Updated: 01/06/2023

4.9 out of 5 (21 experiences)

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Alocasia 'Regal Shields' has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

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 'Regal Shields'
Alocasia
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Alocasia 'Regal Shield'

How to care for Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

💦 Water

How often to water your Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

Water needs for Alocasia 'Regal Shields'
0.5 cups
every 9

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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 'Regal Shields'

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Alocasia 'Regal Shields' in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Alocasia 'Regal Shields': 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Alocasia 'Regal Shields' in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Alocasia 'Regal Shields': 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 'Regal Shields' after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Common Alocasia 'Regal Shields' Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' 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 🏡.

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' Light Requirements →

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

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.


💨 Humidity

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

Best Soil Mix for Alocasia 'Regal Shields' →

When and How to Successfully Repot Alocasia 'Regal Shields' →


💩 Fertilizer

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Alocasia 'Regal Shields' →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Alocasia 'Regal Shields' to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' is native to tropical and subtropical Asia and Eastern Australia.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Alocasia 'Regal Shields' →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Alocasia 'Regal Shields' can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Alocasia 'Regal Shields' →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

Alocasia 'Regal Shields'


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Alocasia 'Regal Shields' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 18
Alocasia 'Regal Shields' has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 10
Alocasia 'Regal Shields' has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Alocasia 'Regal Shields' has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Alocasia 'Regal Shields' has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Alocasia 'Regal Shields' has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
@MeganO avatar
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leaf-1 41 Plants
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globe Washington, DC
12/23/2021

Love this one. Low maintenance, massive beautiful leaves.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Portland, OR
11/24/2021

I water her when the top 1-2 inches of soil are dry, give her medium to bright indirect light in front of a northeast facing window (and a grow light in the winter), and keep the humidity around 50% with the help of a humidifier that I use a few times a week, to keep her happy. It’s worth the effort! Her leaves are large, lush and iridescent and she’s one of my favorites! She grows quickly and each leaf is larger than the last.

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leaf-1 9 Plants
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06/17/2021

New plant, I will update this plant after 1 month of caring for it!

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06/03/2021

Easy grower but easily damageable when transferring to soil for me

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globe Minneapolis, MN
04/23/2021

This is a show stopper! I’ve heard Alocasia is a difficult plant, but I’ve found it to be pretty easy to care for. I give it some supplemental light (North window), careful to not overwater, fertilize when she’s actively growing. I also give her plenty of humidity in the winter with a humidifier, and mist her regularly, and clean her leaves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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