Black Velvet Alocasia
4.1 out of 5 (31 experiences)
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. 🖤
Also known as
The Dwarf Black Queen and Black Velvet Elephant Ear
How to care for Black Velvet Alocasia
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.
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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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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.
What other plant parents say
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
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.
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.