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Alocasia longiloba, also known as the "Elaphant Ear Plant" or "African Mask Plant," is a beautiful and unique houseplant that is native to Southeast Asia.
Watering:Alocasia longiloba should be kept consistently moist, but not waterlogged. It is best to water the plant when the top inch of soil is dry. The plant is sensitive to fluoride and chlorine, so it is recommended to use distilled water or to allow tap water to sit overnight before using it.
Lighting:This plant prefers bright, indirect light, but can tolerate some direct sunlight for short periods of time. Avoid placing it in areas with low light or too much direct sun, which can cause the leaves to scorch.
Humidity:Alocasia longiloba prefers high humidity levels, so it is best to keep it in a humid room or to mist the leaves regularly. A pebble tray filled with water or a humidifier can also help maintain proper humidity levels.
Feeding:This plant is heavy feeder and requires regular fertilization, especially during the growing season (spring and summer). A balanced, water-soluble fertilizer should be applied monthly, following the instructions on the product label.
Pests & Deficiencies:Alocasia longiloba is prone to pests like spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. To prevent these pests, it is important to keep the leaves dry and to regularly inspect the plant for any signs of infestation. Yellowing leaves may indicate a nutrient deficiency, which can be corrected by fertilizing the plant.