Native to the rainforests of South Asia, the Alocasia Sarian appreciates a warm, humid environment. Alocasia belong to the Arum family that has over 70 varieties native to the tropical/subtropical regions of Asia and Australia. Alocasia Sarian is a hybrid plant between the Alocasia Zebrina and Alocasia Micholitziana. It is also known as the African Mask due to its resemblance to the mask in African Culture. This plant is very unique and creates a bold, tropical atmosphere.
To ensure the foliage color is maintained, the Sarian needs to be in bright indirect light. Because the leaves are quite fragile, avoid direct sunlight as it will scorch the leaves.
During the growing season, the Sarian prefers to be consistently moist. They cannot tolerate soggy soil and they are also not drought tolerant. Underwatering can cause leaves to curl and go crispy.
- Humidity & Temperature
Coming from the tropics of Asia, the Sarian prefers high humidity. Group plants together to increase humidity, add a humidifier to your space, or make pebble trays. Alocasia are sensitive to cold temperatures. They prefer to be kept between 62-72 degrees Fahrenheit. If the plant is showing slow growth, try moving to a warmer spot. If the plant is outside, move indoors when temperatures drop below 60.
Alocasia appreciates light, airy, well-draining soil. Avoid rocky or sandy soil. We recommend Fox Farm Ocean Forest potting soil for added nutrients and good drainage.
Fertilize every two weeks during the growing season, spring and summer. Do not fertilize in the fall or winter.
- Pet Friendly?
No, Alocasia are toxic when ingested by pets and humans. Keep out of reach of pets and young children.