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Alocasia chaii is a relatively small growing Alocasia, at around 30-45 cms high. It has spectacular large metallic green leaves. Alocasias give a tropical feel to a garden, patio or indoors. They are best in tropical and sub-tropical climates, but can also grow in temperate areas in a warm spot.They are suited to garden plantings, as a single specimen or massed planting, as well as being great for containers. They can make good indoor plants, but need bright light and misting to do well for longer periods indoors.
Alocasias need warmth and humidity to grow well. If the surrounding air is too dry the plant is liable to be subject to diseases such as mites. Plain green leaved varieties cope better in cooler, drier areas than the more colourful forms. They should be kept consistently moist but not wet, or they may rot.
The plant contains irritants which can cause numbing and swelling if ingested, or with skin contact.
Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified
Maximum height: 0.4 metres
Minimum height: 0.3 metres
Maximum width: not specified
Minimum width: not specified
Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Root rot in over wet conditions
Red spider mites, mealy bugs
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Half strength liquid fertiliser applied through the warmer months.