Have you ever heard of Alocasia lauterbachiana? You may have just received one. Or maybe you saw it and finally got it (because it’s not a very expensive plant). But, of the Alocasia lauterbachiana, which 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, although it is in the alocasias, it has some peculiarities that you must know.
One of the Alocasia lauterbachiana first aids you need to keep in mind is, without a doubt, location. I mean, where are you going to put it? And in this case, you can put it both outside and inside. 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.
To start, Alocasia lauterbachiana needs light, lots of light. But be careful, because often the guides can tell you to be in the shade, and in reality it is the worst thing you can do.
Our advice is to place it in a brightly lit area, but not in direct sunlight. At most, it could stand the sun early in the morning, or late in the afternoon, because that wouldn’t burn its leaves as much and give it a boost of energy.
If you have it outside, it is best to find a place in partial shade, perhaps next to a tree that shades it from the sun, or an area where it doesn’t reach (but has 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 to the sun’s rays.
The ideal temperature for Alocasia lauterbachiana is, without a doubt, between 20 and 25ºC. Does this mean that if I get hotter, the plant will die? No, in fact, 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, What if it drops below 20°C? There, you will have a serious problem. Very serious. And that’s how well it withstands 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 protective grid or similar.
Now let’s talk about the ideal soil for Alocasia lauterbachiana. Its maintenance is quite important because, if it does not have good soil, the plant can slow down its development and even wither.
In this case the substrate must be mixed with perlite so that it is quite loose and also there are no accumulations of water. Our recommendation is to use nutrient rich soil with peat (this is how you provide fertilizer) and perlite.
Keep in mind that you will need to transplant it every two years, into a larger pot, so that it continues to develop and grow.
Irrigation is one of the care of Alocasia lauterbachiana that needs more attention. 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, it is best to water it between 4 and 5 times a week. But in winter, 1-2 will be enough.
Now, sometimes what we state is not the best, because your climate may be colder or warmer, so you will need to find the perfect balance for your plant.
What we recommend is that do not leave the plate with water for this 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 sodium and chlorine free water and do this at least 3 times a week Or place a humidifier next to it to pour water automatically.
This will help keep it healthy and most importantly hydrated, giving you the color you need.
As for the subscriber, it does not hurt to give him some organic product rich in iron and potassium. These are two of the elements that can miss the most over time and thus guarantee that it is much neater.
Plagues and diseases
Like many other elephant ears, Alocasia lauterbachiana is a plant that not affected by pests and diseases.
Now that’s not quite right because, if you go too far with the water, This can end up rotting the roots. AND If you do not give it an adequate frequency of irrigation, the red spider can appear (with which you would lose the plant irretrievably.
For this reason, it must be watched often so that nothing happens to it and above all, respect all the care that the plant requires.
Alocasia lauterbachiana is not a pruning plant. But it is true that from time to time it will be necessary to put the scissors there. 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’s not something you should always do, in fact, if you take good care of them, the leaves can keep for a very long time.
A recommendation when sizing: always do it with gloves. In case you don’t know, when an Alocasia lauterbachina leaf is cut, it is full of latex and it is normal for it to grow from the part you cut. If it 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 it).
As you can see, Alocasia lauterbachiana care is easy to follow. But it is important that you follow them all because otherwise it is easy to lose it or not be able to enjoy it as much as you want. Have you had or do you have one of these alocasias in your home? How do you take care of it?