Have you ever heard of Alocasia lauterbachiana? You may have just been given one. Or maybe you’ve had your eye on it and you finally have it (because it’s not a very expensive plant). But, of the Alocasia lauterbachiana, what care is the most important?
If you also want to know what the needs of this plant are and to be able to enjoy it for many years, below we give you all the keys that you must take into account. And it is that, despite being within the alocasias, it has some peculiarities that you should know.
One of the first care of the Alocasia lauterbachiana that you must keep in mind is, without a doubt, the location. I mean, where are you going to put it? And in this case you can put it both outdoors and indoors. However, with what we are going to tell you next, it is possible that in the end you will have to choose a specific place.
For a start, the Alocasia lauterbachiana needs light, a lot of light. But be careful, because many times the guides can tell you that it has to be in the shade, and in reality that is the worst thing you can do.
Our advice is to put it in an area with high light, but not in direct sunlight. At most, it could withstand the sun early in the morning, or late in the afternoon, because that would not burn its leaves so much, and would give it extra energy.
If you have it outdoors, it is best to find a place in semi-shade, perhaps next to a tree that protects it from the sun, or an area where it does not reach (but does have light).
If you have it at home, we advise you to place it next to a window but with a curtain that serves as a barrier from the sun’s rays.
The ideal temperature of the Alocasia lauterbachiana is, without a doubt, between 20 and 25ºC. Does it mean that if I get hotter the plant will die? No, actually, if it exceeds 25 degrees the plant will have a bit of a hard time but there is a solution (more sprays, more humidity and that’s it).
But, And if it goes below 20ºC? There you are going to have a serious problem. Very serious. And it is that how much it supports high temperatures, in the case of low temperatures they can kill it. That is why in these cases it must be protected, either with a greenhouse, a protection mesh or similar.
Let’s talk now about the ideal soil for Alocasia lauterbachiana. Of its care, this is quite important because, if it does not have a good soil, the plant can slow down its development and even wither.
In this case the substrate has to be mixed with perlite so that it is quite loose and also there are no accumulations of water. Our recommendation is that you use nutrient-rich soil with peat (this is how you provide fertilizer) and perlite.
Keep in mind that you will have to transplant it every two years, to a larger pot, so that it continues to develop and grow.
Irrigation is one of the cares for Alocasia lauterbachiana to which more attention must be paid. And it is that this plant likes to have moist soil, but if you go a little too far you can end up saying goodbye to the plant.
In general, in summer and very hot periods, it is best that you water it between 4 and 5 times a week. But in winter, 1-2 will be enough.
Now, what we indicate is sometimes not the best, because it may be that your climate is colder or hotter, so you will have to find the perfect balance for your plant.
What we do recommend is that do not leave the plate with water because that sun will rot the roots.
In addition to irrigation, another care for Alocasia lauterbachiana is humidity. And it is that this plant likes to have high humidity. We recommend you spray the leaves with clean water without sodium or chlorine and do it at least 3 times a week Or put a humidifier next to it to pour the water automatically.
This will help keep it healthy and above all hydrated, giving you the color you need.
As for the subscriber, it does not hurt to give him some organic product that is rich in iron and potassium. They are two of the elements that may be missing the most over time and thus guarantee that it is much more cared for.
Plagues and diseases
Like many of the other elephant ears, Alocasia lauterbachiana is a plant that not affected by pests and diseases.
Now this is not entirely correct because, if you go too far with the water, It can end up rotting the roots. AND If you do not give it an adequate irrigation frequency, the red spider may appear (with which you would lose the plant irretrievably.
For this reason, it must be monitored often so that nothing happens to it and above all, comply with all the care that the plant requires.
Alocasia lauterbachiana is not a plant you should be pruning. But it is true that from time to time you will have to put the scissors in it. And it is that, for example, when the leaves dry or fall off, it is normal that you have to cut them to prevent them from making other leaves sick or spoiling the appearance of your plant.
But it is not something that you should always do, in fact, if you take good care of it, the leaves can be kept for a long, long time.
A recommendation when pruning: always do it with gloves. In case you don’t know, when a leaf of the Alocasia lauterbachina is cut, it is full of latex and it is normal for it to sprout from the part that you have cut. If this touches your skin it can irritate you a lot. Therefore, it is advisable to protect yourself before touching it (and to clean the scissors before and after working with them).
As you can see, the care of the Alocasia lauterbachiana is easy to comply with. But it’s important that you follow all of them because otherwise it’s easy to lose it or not be able to enjoy it as much as you’d like. Have you had or do you have one of these alocasias at home? How do you take care of it?