Plant Care Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

Reviewed by: | 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 located in Houston, Texas.

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

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 'Regal Shields' in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas

43% Low

Growing Alocasia 'Regal Shields' in Houston right now

Light needs for plant Alocasia 'Regal Shields' in Houston, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

February 5th, 2023

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

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

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Light needs for plant Alocasia 'Regal Shields' in Houston, Texas

Sunlight will increase by 27.3% ☀️

February 5th, 2023

Houston is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Houston is expected to increase by 27.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.9 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant Alocasia 'Regal Shields' in Houston, Texas

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

February 5th, 2023

This month, Houston is getting an average of 6.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.1 total hours of daylig…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Houston, Texas ⛅.

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.

When to repot Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

Nutrient needs for plant Alocasia 'Regal Shields' in Houston, Texas

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

February 6th, 2023

The growing potential in Houston 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 repot…

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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 your location in Houston, Texas, 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
@Megano
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 20,110 XP
globe Washington, DC
12/23/2021

Love this one. Low maintenance, massive beautiful leaves.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Roxanne avatar
@Roxanne
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 11,043 XP
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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Js.cabral27 avatar
@Js.cabral27
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 283 XP
06/17/2021

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

Shirreene avatar
@Shirreene
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 1,521 XP
06/03/2021

Easy grower but easily damageable when transferring to soil for me

Fast grower Fast grower
Athena61 avatar
@Athena61
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 1,453 XP
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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