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Alocasia gageana, also known as the "Elephant Ear," is a tropical plant native to Southeast Asia. It is a popular houseplant for its large, glossy leaves with distinctive veins.
Watering:Alocasia gageana prefers to be kept consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Avoid letting the plant sit in standing water, which can lead to root rot.
Lighting:Alocasia gageana requires bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch its leaves, so it's best to place it near a window with sheer curtains or filter the light through a sheer curtain.
Humidity:This plant prefers a humidity level of around 50-70%. You can increase humidity by placing a tray of water near the plant, misting it regularly, or using a humidifier.
Feeding:During the growing season, you can fertilize your Alocasia gageana every 2-3 weeks with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. In winter, reduce fertilizing to once a month.
Pests & Deficiencies:Alocasia gageana is prone to spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. Check the undersides of the leaves regularly and remove pests by wiping them off with a damp cloth or by using an insecticidal soap. If the leaves begin to yellow, it may be a sign of a nutrient deficiency. You can correct this by adding fertilizer to your watering routine.