Alocasia Micholitziana 'Frydek'

Green Velvet Alocasia

The Green Velvet Alocasia is also known as the Elephants Ear plant. I prefer naming the Alocasia Amazonica hybrid, Elephant Ear.



This is because the Alocasia Micholitziana 'Frydek' is the only one called Alocasia Green Velvet (common name) and it keeps this species separate from others when talking and writing about the Alocasia genus.


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Description

Picture of Alocasia Micholitziana

The Green Velvet compared to the Alocasia Polly (or Poly) - Alocasia Amazonica is harder to find when needing to buy one.

I am not sure where the name 'Frydek' comes from. However, they are sold as an Alocasia Frydek, A Micholitziana "Frydek" and A. Micholitziana. There is not a great amount of reliable information available for this species.

Flowering: These will flower given the right conditions, but this is unlikely indoors unless you have a very warm environment with high humidity. The flowers are a spathe and spadix type.

Foliage: The foliage is why a grower would purchase a Green Velvet Alocasia, and not for the flowers. The leaves look kind of arrow shaped, displaying thick white veins on a dark green velvet leaf surface.

Ease of growing: Native to South East Asia, this perennial rhizome rooted plant prefers high humidity conditions and warm temperatures.

You will have to work at keeping these happy indoors, but they will bounce back to good health if they struggle during winter, even if grown outdoors (not much left of the leaves but the rhizome will survive).

They are best grown in a greenhouse, although some growers do have success.

Facts

Origin: Southeast Asia.
Names: Green Velvet Alocasia, Alocasia Frydek (common). Alocasia Micholitziana 'Frydek' (botanical/scientific).
Max Growth (approx): Height 2 - 3ft .
Poisonous for pets: Toxic for cats and dogs.
Close up picture of leaf


Green Velvet Care Instructions

Temperature: The best temperature for this plant is approximately 65-75ºF + (18-24ºC +) or more.
Light: A location within a room that gets plenty of light but not indirect sunlight is suitable. Sat back from a south, east or west facing window is good.
Watering: During the spring and summer water the plant thoroughly when the top soil starts to become slightly dry to the touch. Cut right back on watering during winter.
Soil: Using a fast draining peat based potting mix will do the trick. If your using your own mix it will need to include perlite or sand and bark to improve drainage.
Fertilizer: During spring until the end of summer use a diluted balanced feed (about half the strength recommended on the bottle) once every 2 weeks.
Re-Potting: The Alocasia should not need to be repotted very often after it has matured. Once very 2 years in a slightly bigger pot if it has grown much or if not just make a complete soil change – keeping the same pot. Use a clay pot if you can, because it will help dry the soil out quicker and may improve humidity being under the plant.
Humidity: Mist the leaves as often as possible. You may have to use other methods for increasing the humidity if the plant begins to show lack of humidity issues (brown lea tips or edges are most common signs).
Propagation: These are usually propagated by dividing the plant when it's being re-potted in spring.

Potential Problems



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