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Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

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Description: Alocasia 'Regal Shields' is known for its large, broad leaves that resemble shields, with a rich, dark green color on the top and a striking deep purple underside. This dramatic contrast, along with its impressive size, gives it a regal presence in any space.

🌿 Botanical Name: Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

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

💧 Care Level: Moderate. Alocasia 'Regal Shields' has specific care needs, especially regarding humidity, watering, and light, but it can be a manageable and rewarding plant for those willing to provide the necessary care.

📏 Approximate Size: Alocasia 'Regal Shields' can grow to about 3-6 feet (90-180 cm) in height and 2-3 feet (60-90 cm) in width. Its large, dark green leaves with deep purple undersides make it a majestic addition to any indoor plant collection.

🌞 Light: Prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate medium light levels. Direct sunlight should be avoided as it can scorch the leaves, while too low light can lead to leggy growth.

💧 Water: Maintain evenly moist soil, but avoid waterlogging. Water when the top inch of soil begins to dry out, using distilled or rainwater to minimize the risk of leaf spotting and mineral buildup.

💦 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 around the plant.

🌡️ 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 adversely affect the plant.

❄️ Hardiness: Not frost-tolerant and best grown as an indoor plant in most climates, or outdoors in tropical climates where temperatures remain within its 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 rich in organic matter. Choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one, as 'Regal Shields' prefers not to be overly root-bound.

🌱 Propagation: Propagate through division during repotting. Ensure each division includes at least one growth point for successful propagation. Handle with care to ensure the health of both the parent and new plants.

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