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Growing Joy with Plants - Wellness Rooted in Nature

Maria Failla- Happy Plant Lady and Author of Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness



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Everything You Need to Know about Alocasia

• 36 min

If there is one genus of plants that has captured my imagination for years but repeatedly evaded me, it’s Alocasia. These tropical plants with their large, alien-esque leaves and jewel-toned undersides have long obsessed me. I’d often pick them up from the garden center, only to watch them rapidly decline in my dry, temperate home. But after lots of trial and error, I’ve finally cracked the code to make them thrive! In this episode, I’m sharing everything I’ve learned about growing Alocasia houseplants, including care tips, troubleshooting, and some of my new favorite varieties that are thriving in my home. In this episode, we learn:[00:00] Maria’s experience with Alocasia[02:21] Why Alocasia is not difficult to care for—it just requires very high standards of care![02:43] Why Alocasia are called alien-like plants[03:34] Characteristics and other common names of Alocasia[05:02] Where do Alocasias grow naturally?[06:31] Alocasia Care #1: Light requirements (bright indirect light)[09:06] Light is very independent of every person's own environment![10:30] Alocasia Care #2: Soil moisture (keep them in evenly moist soil)[11:58] 2 different ways that you can measure soil moisture[13:34] What types of pots can you use for your Alocasia?[14:47] Alocasia Care #3: Humidity[15:28] Why you should use a humidifier[17:20] Other tricks to increase humidity in your home[18:19] Alocasia Care #4: Fertilizer (fertilize when you see growth)[19:13] Alocasia Care #5: Dormancy (aka quiescence)[20:11] Use plant-life parallels for your personal growth[20:50] Alocasia troubleshooting tips[21:24] Understanding your Alocasia's needs[22:25] How to save a plant from dying[24:20] Find the best Alocasia varieties for your plant collection with Proven Winners LeafJoy![26:41] What are the different Alocasia species?[27:11] Alocasia 'Ninja'[27:46] Alocasia cupraea[28:49] Alocasia baginda 'Dragon Scale'[30:08] Alocasia longiloba[30:46] Alocasia watsoniana[31:33] Alocasia macrorrhiza 'Stingray' Mentioned in our conversation:Growing Joy Ep 46: Understanding Natural Light: General RulesGrowing Joy Ep 47: Understanding Natural Light: Measuring ToolsGrowing Joy Ep 74: Grow Lights 101 With Leslie HalleckGrowing Joy Ep 92: Begonias With Marc From NYBGGrowing Joy Ep 200: Common Houseplant Pest Identification And How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnats, Spidermites, Scale, White Flies And MealybugsGrowing Joy Ep 213: How Much Light Do My Houseplants Need?Free Download: Understanding Natural LightMoisture Meter and Hygrometer Review / Humidity Products for Houseplants HaulHow to Save and Revive a Dying Houseplant: Saving My Prayer Plant from the Brink of Death! For my favorite alocasia varieties,check out the full show notes and blog here! Thank you to our episode sponsors:Proven WinnersIf you want to have success with houseplants, you’ve got to have two things: the knowledge to care for them successfully and healthy plants. Meet my new favorite houseplant grower: Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. With only the best plant genetics grown in a state-of-the-art, European greenhouse, you will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of your favorite plants from Proven Winner’s leafjoy™. This company has taken the guesswork out of plant shopping with plant tags that include scientific names and care guides, as well as color-coded collections for the different areas of your home that you want plants in! Find plant joy in leafjoy™. Head to to find your local leafjoy™ dealer and let me know which plant you take home on socials! Follow Maria and Growing Joy: Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here! Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and edu

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