Alocasia Silver Dragon
Alocasia Silver Dragon Care
Alocasia aren't always the best beginner houseplants, and the silver dragon is no exception. However, your picky plant can thrive if you can offer them the right light, warmth and humidity levels. The key is mimicking their native tropical rainforest conditions as closely as possible.
In their native rainforests, these plants enjoy dappled light on the jungle floor. In your home, offer your alocasia silver dragon bright, indirect light. Too much exposure to direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, but too much shade results in straggly, leggy growth. Rotating your plant frequently helps to encourage even foliage growth.
A well-draining soilless potting mix instead of straight potting soil is essential to prevent root rot. Using equal parts sustainable coco coir (or sandy potting soil), perlite or pumice, and orchard bark will keep things nice and loose.
LECA (lightweight expanded clay aggregate) is a convenient alternative sustainable, porous, light potting mix that Alocasias do well in.
Ideally, you don't want to let the potting mix around your alocasia silver dragon dry out completely. Letting the top couple of inches of soil dry out before giving your plant a thorough watering is optimal. However, don't panic if you forget occasionally. This variety is more tolerant of dry conditions than some other Alocasia, and you might start noticing the leaves warping slightly rather than dropping.
Try the bottom watering method with your silver dragon if you use a pot with good drainage holes. Place your plant in a small bowl of water and soak it for around 15 minutes. Drain the excess water from the pot and then return it to its favorite spot.
Temperature and Humidity
Don't leave your alocasia silver dragon beside blasting air conditioning or heaters. These plants need high humidity to survive. Anything above 50% should be enough, but they thrive when humidity levels are around 60% to 80%.
Housing these compact plants in large terrariums, using a humidifier, and placing them in the right spot in your house (like a balmy bathroom) all help provide the muggy conditions they love.
As you'd expect from these tropical head-turners, they need consistently warm temperatures too. Prolonged exposure to temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit can send the plant into dormancy.
- Light: Bright indirect, dappled
- Water: Water when soil is 50% dry
- Child/pet safe: No