The Alocasia cucullata has beautiful heart shaped glossy green foliage with prominent veins on tall green stems. Also known as Buddha's hand it is believed to bring good fortune and is often kept in Buddhist temples across its native Thailand and Laos.
- Light: Thrives best in bright conditions to partial light shade. Avoid direct sunlight as this will scorch the leaves.
- Water: Keep the compost moist with warm water. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Little and often is a good approach.
- Temperature: Needs to be kept warm, ideally between 18-22°C.
- Humidity: Needs a moist environment with above average humidity. Stand on a pebble tray to improve humidity and mist frequently. Pop it near the shower for a while to give it an occasional boost if required.
- Feed: Apply a slow release fertiliser once a month during the growing season.
- Care Tips: Alocasia have a dormant period where leaves will fade and die so do not be alarmed when this happens. During this period, the plants will require less water, so simply moisten the soil from time to time.
- Height and Growth Rate: 45-90cm. Alocasia are fast growing in the right conditions.
- Toxicity: These plants are harmful if eaten and are a skin and eye irritant. Keep out of reach of children and animals.
- Origin: Southeast Asia.