Whether it’s their texture, color, or size, all Alocasia plant leaves dazzle with their ornamental value. The Alocasia Lauterbachiana is impressive because of the shape of its leaves on top of the other elements that make Alocasias a perfect houseplant.
Indoors, the plant usually caps its height at around 3 feet, with a width of 3 to 5 feet. Outdoors, in ideal conditions, it can and will grow taller.
Assuming that you’re buying this plant to keep indoors, you don’t have to worry about pruning as it will stay at a manageable size.
You can keep it as a floor plant or even on a pedestal of sorts to integrate it much better in your home decor.
It’s a vigorous grower, especially when afforded optimal conditions and care.
Although direct sunlight should be generally avoided for this plant, it still needs plenty of light to thrive, especially when kept indoors.
Aim for bright, indirect light exposure by positioning the plant near and east or north-facing window. A brighter exposure can also work, but make sure your windows have curtains to filter the light.
Strong, direct sunlight will ultimately burn the leaves, so avoid it, especially during the hotter periods of the day. A bit of early morning sun will not harm the plant.
To make sure the light reaches all parts of the plant, rotate the plant periodically, otherwise it will start stretching towards the light and grow uneven.
Watering is tricky with the Lauterbachiana — it needs constantly moist soil but without it being soggy or wet. Most tropical plants will have this need of not being overwatered but also not being underwatered.
To strike the perfect balance, you should learn to assess the moisture level of the soil. You can do this by sticking your index finger into the soil up to the first or second knuckle.
If the soil sticks to your finger or feels moist, check back in a couple of days. Water only when the topsoil feels dry.