Alocasia ‘Black Velvet’ is a cultivar from the Araceae family. Its black leaves are cordate in shape with white veins, and although they appear to be velvet-like they are quite rough in texture. Alocasia ‘Black Velvet’ native range is likely to be Borneo.
How do you take care of Alocasia reginula ‘Black Velvet’?
Care for Alocasia reginula ‘Black Velvet’ by keeping it inside a moderately humid environment of at least 16°C. During the summer keep it in a semi-shade, and ensure that the soil remains moist - don’t let it dry out. To ensure that the plant remains well hydrated it can be placed on a tray of pebbles, occasional misting can also help.
How do you take care of ‘Black Velvet’ elephant ears in the winter?
Care for ‘Black Velvet’ elephant ear plants during the winter by providing them with bright indirect light and ensuring that the room they are in stays at a minimum of 16°C.
How do you clean Alocasia leaves?
Clean Alocasia’s leaves by wiping them using a clean, damp cloth. Gently support each leaf as you wipe and make sure not to bruise or crack them as you do so. Don’t use chemicals, oils or polishes as these will block your Alocasia’s leaves and prevent it from breathing properly.
Do ‘Black Velvet’ plants come back every year?
‘Black Velvet’ plants come back every year during the summer, after dying back in the winter.
Why is my Alocasia 'Black Velvet' turning yellow?
Your Alocasia 'Black Velvet' turning yellow is a sign that it is either over or under-watered. If the plant's potting mix has been watered correctly, then you should consider moving it to a warmer environment if possible, and provide it with more indirect light.
Can Alocasia 'Black Velvet' survive water?
Alocasia 'Black Velvet' are often found growing in very wet conditions, however, the roots still require oxygen in order for the plant to properly grow. If the plant is over-watered then you run the risk of developing root rot.
How do you propagate 'Black Velvet' Alocasia?
'Black Velvet' Alocasia can be propagated via division, this is best done in spring or late summer to encourage quick recovery and new growth. Remove the mature plant from its pot and gently pull apart the root ball into separate clumps. Make sure that each clump has a couple of tubers, then replant into separate pots.