This tropical Aroid's large metallic leaves make it a great addition to any collection, large or small. the large iridescent leaves emerge a soft copper green with a light pink sheen. As the leaves mature the color deepens to a rich dark green and the pink remains opalescent, becoming more noticeable as light reflects off the leaf. Mature leaves are deeply corrugated, the recessed veins recessed on the adaxial surface are a deep pine green sometimes appearing nearly black, which offers a stunning contrast to the rich satiny maroon color of the abaxial surface.
Currently growing in a 6" pot and pushing out new growth, this plant will be ready to bump up as soon as it acclimates to its new home.
Jewel Alocasia thrive in bright light indoors and part sun - shade outdoors. When growing inside supplemental light and humidity would be appreciated and encourage new, quicker growth. Grown outside Alocasia must be brought inside when temperatures drop below 55*. Provide chunky, quick-draining media, a standard 'Jungle' or 'Aroid' mix amended with a slow-release fertilizer or top-dressed with worm castings.
Good drainage is key to keeping Alocasia happy. Avoid root/corm issues by allowing to fully dry between waterings. Moisture meters are especially helpful for the home grower as Alocasia are quite sensitive to both over and under watering. Like other thick-leaved Alocasia, allow to fully dry between watering, use a fast-draining potting mix and provide bright light. Jewel Alocasia are far less tolerant of moist soil than the other thinner leaf varieties.