Alocasia Odora – Alocasia Tree Large
Alocasia odora is a flowering plant native to East and Southeast Asia. In Manipur, local name is Hoomu. Alocasia odora can be used as medicine for the treatment of common cold in North Vietnam. The plant is actually inedible when raw because of needle-shaped raphides in the plant cells. The first thing you’ll notice about the Odora is its striking beauty. The rhizomatous evergreen plant is known for its distinct lush green foliage, which is borne on sturdy stems. These leaves are shaped like elephant ears, making them look fairly similar to the likes of taro and Colocasia gigantea. What sets the Odora apart is the fact that its leaves point skyward, while those of most Colocasias point downward. Any new leaves that form on this plant tend to have a lime green hue, and they glow beautifully till they start to age and get outshined by younger leaves. Another part that draws gardeners to the Alocasia Odora entails its flowers. The blossoms tout a gorgeous pale peach spathe and spandex. Better yet, they have a lovely scent, which becomes more prominent at night. This explains why the plant is also referred to as the night-scented lily.
The secret to helping your Alocasia Odora thrive is to lay a good foundation, and that starts with using a quality potting mix. When choosing the medium to grow this plant in, consider one that has proper drainage.
This ensures that the plant doesn’t sit in soggy soil, which would otherwise cause the rhizomes to rot. If you are using regular soil such as loam or sand, be sure to incorporate a bit of organic matter to enrich it.
Alocasia Odora fares best in a spot exposed to bright indirect light. You can place it on an east-facing window sill or any spot exposed to full light from either a west– or south-facing window. Ideally, natural light is the best form of lighting for houseplants. This is because it strikes an excellent balance between blue and red light. But not everyone is able to provide this type of light. If you’re growing your plant in a basement or other space with zero access to natural light, you’ll have to supplement with artificial light sources. Specifically, I’d recommend fluorescent bulbs, which are 2 and ½ times more effective at transforming electrical energy into light energy. The latter is what plants need to grow. Moreover, these light fixtures produce very little heat. It means that you can place your Alocasia as close as you want to the light source.
Here’s one thing you need to know about Alocasias. They prefer growing media that is slightly on the drier side.
It means that you’d rather underwater than overwater, although neither of these situations is ideal. So in terms of frequency, wait until the top 2 to 3 inches of the top layer of soil/potting mix dries before watering.
The Alocasia Odora prefers a spot with a warm temperature. This is not surprising given that it’s a tropical plant. The ideal temperature is one ranging between 15°C and 30°C (59°F and 86°F).
When it comes to humidity, you’ll want to provide moderate to high humidity; no less than 70%. So if you live in an arid climate, you might want to invest in a quality humidifier. Alternatively, consider misting your odora with a spray bottle, to prevent its leaves from drying and wilting. A pebble tray is another feasible solution. To create a pebble tray, look for a waterproof tray; should have almost the same width as the base of your pot.
Generally, Alocasias are heavy feeders. It means that you’ll have to arm yourself with quality fertilizers to feed your Odora. When it reaches peak growing season- which typically happens in spring and summer- feed your plant once every two weeks.
Since it’s a rhizomatous plant, the easiest way to propagate the Alocasia Odora is using its rhizomes. If you’re growing your plant outdoors, start by digging around it; dig no less than 12 inches so that you don’t damage its root system. Next, carefully lift it from the ground surface. This should reveal several long tubers just slightly underneath the ground surface. If you’re growing your Odora indoors, follow a fairly similar process. However, dig just enough to avoid wrecking its root system.
If you’re planning to repot your plant, ensure you transplant it to a potting mix with traits similar to the original one. It means that it should be rich with proper drainage. Although the pot also needs to be larger, just go a size or two higher. This way, it doesn’t compromise the soil’s drainage.
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