Plant Care Black Velvet Alocasia

Black Velvet Alocasia

4.1 out of 5 (31 experiences)

Black Velvet Alocasia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Black Velvet Alocasia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

About Black Velvet Alocasia

The black velvet Alocasia’s ancestors appeared 24 million years ago in Borneo, the largest island in Asia and home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Alocasia ‘Black Velvet’ was named a plant variety, or cultivar, by Scott Hyndman, who obtained it from the Lyon Arboretum in Hawaii. However, a Japanese collector in Borneo found it in the wild—growing naturally in a 140-million-year-old rainforest in Borneo—and categorized it as a new species in 1998. 🖤

Taxonomy

Alocasia regulina
Alocasia
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

The Dwarf Black Queen and Black Velvet Elephant Ear

How to care for Black Velvet Alocasia

Water

How often to water your Black Velvet Alocasia

Water needs for Black Velvet Alocasia
0.5 cups
every 9

Black Velvet Alocasia 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 Black Velvet Alocasia

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Black Velvet Alocasia in your home

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

Black Velvet Alocasia 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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Nutrients

How to fertilize Black Velvet Alocasia

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

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Black Velvet Alocasia is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Toxicity
Humidity
Soil
Fertilizer
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Native Region
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Growing Outdoors
Propagation
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Black Velvet Alocasia

Black Velvet Alocasia

Black Velvet Alocasia


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

Black Velvet Alocasia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 20
Black Velvet Alocasia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 9
Black Velvet Alocasia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Black Velvet Alocasia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 7
Black Velvet Alocasia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Black Velvet Alocasia has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Black Velvet Alocasia has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Boki avatar
@Boki
leaf-1 107 Plants
xp 2,172 XP
globe San Juan, Metro Manila
11/22/2021

Love the Holland version of this land… the leaves are rounder.

Survivor Survivor
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@Ard.thresher
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 306 XP
10/07/2021

Got this plant delivered and straight away she didn’t like me, died off after a couple of weeks with me. or so i thought, i have since moved to putting her in hydro and have got what seems like new life out of her, so id say incredibly temperamental

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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@Harrytheplant
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 874 XP
globe Westerville, Ohio
10/02/2021

little high maintenance but nothing crazy, just make sure youre misting them and watering regularly with lots of sun

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Alyssablindsay
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 941 XP
globe Cronulla, New South Wales
09/05/2021

This is a very pretty plant despite they fact that it is incredibly fussy. It took my months to find the right place for it. I suggest high humidity and medium indirect light also keep to solid relatively moist

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Hollie
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 56 XP
globe Pinjarra, Western Australia
08/13/2021

Look.. Fred has had his ups and downs.. but recently Fred occurred 3 very unhappy leaves and was basically dying (so dramatic). Said leaves were removed surgically, and Fred said thankyou by starting to grow a new leaf.. Don't be like Fred.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Hollie avatar
@Hollie
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 56 XP
globe Pinjarra, Western Australia
08/11/2021

Tempermental

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Aur0ra avatar
@Aur0ra
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 1,298 XP
07/27/2021

it’s her world, i’m just living in it. given me 2 new leaves since getting her and i’ve given her one repot so far. a little nervous about this one due to the hole in the leaf

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@Mariahmusic
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 1,366 XP
globe West Allis, Wisconsin
06/28/2021

Let’s off new leaves at least once a month and gorgeous

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Finn avatar
@Finn
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 61 XP
globe Southport, Queensland
06/09/2021

It’s gorgeous, needs light and humidity

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Colinm
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 559 XP
globe Phoenix, Arizona
05/27/2021

Pure, concentrated evil. But the leaves are so beautiful you’ll put up with this drama queen and her bizarre upkeep requirements. Picky about light. Picky about watering. Picky about anything even thinking about touching its leaves. After a year of following the directions of the plant shop and every care guide without much success, our black velvet is now thriving after a move to our darkish bathroom and being watered only by misting the soil.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Egotopia
leaf-1 132 Plants
xp 5,654 XP
globe Jacksonville, Florida
05/18/2021

Mine loves being right next to the humidifier but having the soil dry out just a bit. It’s currently in peat and is about a foot and a half away from a west facing window. It does not get direct sun. Has a tendency to drop its lower leaves as it prepares to push out new leaves.

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet

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