Alocasia Polly has beautiful leaves forming the shape of traditional African mask or arrowhead. It’s glossy green color leaves gives an energetic look which make it different from others. Because of it’s appearance, it is also called as African Mask Plant.
Alocasia Polly is also known as Amazon Taro, elephant’s ear plant, kris plant and Polly African Mask. Alocasia Polly doesn’t come from Africa at all but it has originated from subtropical areas of Australia and Asia. It’s striking foliage adds a uniqueness in the environment with glossy green leaves and silvery-green veins on it.
Alocasia Polly flourishes best in a humid environment and warm temperature. It can be grown indoors or outdoors, just need suitable soil and light conditions. Rather this plant attracts indoor plant enthusiasts more.
How to take care of Alocasia Polly?
It is not an easy care houseplant. It grows best in a very humid and warm temperature. If you are planning to grow it in your house like most of the plant lovers, you need some important things to be kept in your mind.
1. Lighting conditions for Alocasia Polly
This plant likes a bright lighting but direct sunlight is not at all favorable. Direct lighting can be harmful to the plant. You can use a curtain if plant is placed on a sun facing window. A shady spot with indirect lighting is best.
2. Potting Soil
Moist and well drained soil is a must to thrive the growth of your African Mask Plant. This requirement is derived from the original ecosystem of Alocasia from where it has originated. Soil should be kept moist but water-logging may cause rotten roots. Loose soil mixed with compost is a good idea. This way an airy and well drained system can be maintained beneath the surface.
3. Watering Alocasia Polly
Regular and enough watering is one of the must requirements to thrive the growth of African Mask plant. It would be better if you make a watering schedule and spare your time for it regularly. You can do this as per your own convenience. Main thing is to keep the soil moist but avoid it to be soaked.
A proper draining system will protect water logging and other diseases. Moisture is required round the year. In summers, plants are growing at full pace and they need more water. In winter, less water can be used but moisture should be maintained in the soil.
Alocasia Polly needs very humid environment to grow just like Blue Star Fern. A greenhouse is the best place for this but it is not possible in house. You can place your Alocasia at any spot in your house where the air used to be more humid than other areas of house. Keeping the plant in kitchen or bathroom is a good idea. Using a humidifier is also a good idea.
Alocasia Polly needs warm temperature to grow. Cold temperature is harmful for the plant. It should be kept in a temperature of between 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Feeding Alocasia Polly
To grow a healthy and stunning Alocasia Polly in your house, you need to feed it properly. Compost plays a very important role in the development of Polly, it is recommended to mix the compost with the soil while planting. You can use a liquid fertilizer mixed with water once or twice a month.
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Pruning Alocasia Polly
Damage control is an important aspect to thrive the growth of your plants. If you can identify some damaged part of the plant may be burnt leaves, dead stems, etc. Those parts should be trimmed with proper care. If any part of the plant is found infected by some disease, it should be removed to stop the infection in other parts of the plant and pesticides can be used.
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How to propagate Alocasia Polly?
The major types of propagation methods are cuttings, separation, budding, grafting, division and micropropagation. Every plant is propagated as per their natural structure. As Alocasia Polly grows from rhizomes, it should be propagated by way of division through rhizomes. Here propagation is not a difficult process, it requires just few minutes and some things to be kept in mind.
Propagation of African Mask Plant is preferred in spring season when the plant is in full pace to growth. Firstly, soil of the plant container to be loosen up. You have to decide the number of division can be created out of the plant, so that every division is supported by sufficient amount of roots and leaves.
Then plant to be divided through rhizomes carefully and roots to be separated by cutting them. Pot all the divisions and water them properly in a well drained container. When the plants are newly potted, there is risk for plants to get infected by diseases. So, proper care must be taken while propagation.
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Is Alocasia Polly toxic?
Alocasia Polly is toxic for pets such as cats, dogs, horses and others. It is toxic to human also. These plants should be kept out of the reach of small kids and pets. Chewing it’s leaves may harm oral tissues and cause painful irritation in the mouth and body.
If your skin is of sensitive nature then you need to stay away from this plant because getting in contact with the leaves may cause you irritation in the body. Leaves and stems are the most poisonous parts of the plant.
If the plant is consumed by the animals or by the human, it may cause burning feeling and then painful irritation in mouth, lips, tongue, stomach which may result in vomiting, diarrhea or stomachache. This irritation may last for hours or sometimes may result in death.
Alocasia Polly Size
Alocasia Polly grows upto 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It’s striking foliage give a stunning look with glossy green leaves and silvery-green veins on it.
Reason for Alocasia Polly Yellow Leaves
If you are growing Alocasia Polly indoors, proper care must be taken for it’s growth. Any unusual symptom must not be ignored, just like yellow leaves. Leaves of Alocasia Polly may turn yellow for many reasons.
Overwatering is the most common reason for this symptom. one of the basic requirement to grow Alocasia Polly is humidity and moist soil. Pot soil of this plant to be kept moist by watering on regular intervals but overwatering should be avoided.
Some diseases or pest also harm the plant which is reflected in the yellowing color of it’s leaves. Similarly if the plant is facing direct sunlight for a longer time, it’s leaves will burn and tend to turn yellowish. Humidity is another factor.
Basically if the Alocasia Polly is not getting it’s favorable conditions, it will be reflected in the plant’s appearance, yellowing leaves is one of them.