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Alocasia 'Melo'

Alocasia 'Melo'

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Description: Alocasia 'Melo' is prized for its distinctive, heavily ridged leaves, which are deep green and have a remarkable, almost stone-like texture. This unique foliage makes it a standout addition to any plant collection, offering a dramatic touch to interior spaces.

🌿 Botanical Name: Alocasia 'Melo'

🐾 Pet Warning: Toxic to cats and dogs if ingested, can cause oral irritation, pain and swelling of the mouth, tongue, and lips, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing. It's recommended to keep this plant out of reach of pets.

💧 Care Level: Moderate to High. Alocasia 'Melo' demands specific care regarding humidity, watering, and light, making it a challenging plant for beginners or those without prior experience in caring for similar species.

📏 Approximate Size: Alocasia 'Melo' typically reaches about 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) in height and width. It is known for its rugged, textured leaves that have a unique, almost prehistoric appearance.

🌞 Light: Prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower light levels. Avoid direct sunlight, which can damage the leaves, and too little light, which can stunt growth and dull the leaf coloration.

💧 Water: Keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil begins to dry, using distilled or rainwater to prevent mineral buildup on the leaves.

💦 Humidity: Requires high humidity levels to thrive. Use a humidifier, mist the plant regularly, or place it on a pebble tray with water to increase ambient humidity.

🌡️ Temperature: Thrives in warm conditions, with ideal temperatures ranging from 65°F to 85°F (18°C to 29°C). Protect from temperatures below 60°F (15°C), as cold can cause damage.

❄️ Hardiness: Not frost-tolerant. Best grown as an indoor plant in most climates, or outdoors in tropical climates where temperatures do not drop below the ideal range.

🌱 Fertilizing: Fertilize every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season with a balanced, liquid fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. Reduce fertilizing during the winter months.

🔄 Re-potting: Re-pot in the spring every 1 to 2 years, using a well-draining potting mix that is rich in organic matter. Choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one, as 'Melo' does not like to be too root-bound.

🌱 Propagation: Propagate through division during repotting. Ensure each division includes at least one growth point for successful propagation. Be mindful that propagation requires careful handling to ensure the health of the parent and offspring plants.

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