Alocasia 'Regal Shields'
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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! ⚠️
Alocasia 'Regal Shields'
Also known as
Alocasia 'Regal Shield'
How to care for Alocasia 'Regal Shields'
How often to water your Alocasia 'Regal Shields'
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.
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Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Alocasia 'Regal Shields' in your home
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.
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How to fertilize Alocasia 'Regal Shields'
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.
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.
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 🏡.
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 'Regal Shields' 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 'Regal Shields' 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 'Regal Shields' 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 '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.
Alocasia 'Regal Shields' is native to tropical and subtropical Asia and Eastern Australia.
Care Summary for Alocasia 'Regal Shields'
Alocasia 'Regal Shields'
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 3ft from a window
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
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.
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.
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