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Alocasia Azlanii – The Purple Jewel Plant

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Alocasia Azlanii - The Purple Jewel Plant

Let us introduce you to the rarest species of the Alocasia genus. Alocasia Azlanii is a rare tropical plant found only in Malaysia and Borneo. This plant is also known as Red Mambo because its purple-colored leaves have red to pink veins.

Even though it is an exotic plant, it has a pretty basic care routine. It has low-maintenance foliage that is quite forgiving and tolerates a lot of neglect. So this Alocasia makes a perfect indoor plant for beginners.

Origin

This Alocasia species is endemic to Malaysia, and it grows in forests and on the river banks of Borneo and Malaysia.

What Does Alocasia Azlanii Look Like?

Alocasia Azlanii is a beautiful plant with unique foliage. It has oval-shaped leaves that appear to be metallic purple. The leaves have a glossy texture and appear unnatural due to their smooth, shiny surface. These are 20 cm long and have red to pinkish veins.

Some other Alocasia species profiled on our site with metallic-colored leaves are Alocasia Baginda and Alocasia Cuprea.

It is a tropical evergreen plant with a fast growth rate. Alocasia Azlanii matures in 1 to 2 years, depending on its growing conditions. It has a mature height of 2 feet when grown indoors.

Other Alocasia Azlanii Features

Drought Tolerance

This plant is highly tolerant of droughts, but it cannot tolerate the opposite, overwatering. When not watered for quite a few days, this plant goes dormant to save its foliage from dying.

Air Purification

Alocasia Azlanii Harga is a natural air purifier. It is on NASA’s list of the best air-purifying plants perfect for indoors. Its evergreen foliage improves the air quality by filtering toxins and harmful pollutants.

Maintenance

If you know the basics of growing a houseplant, you will face no difficulty growing this plant in your home. It is a low-maintenance, easy to grow houseplant with a simple care routine.

Dormancy

This plant goes into dormancy in winters and stops growing. Dormancy is totally normal, so you need not worry if jual Alocasia Azlanii is not producing new leaves in winter.

Alocasia Azlanii Care

Alocasia Azlanii care includes frequent watering. It should be watered every two weeks. You should use a well-draining potting mix for this plant and fertilize it every month. Keep it under bright, indirect sunlight and regulate the temperature in the range of 65°F to 75°F. The humidity should be kept above 60%.

Quick Guide

SoilPorous and well-draining potting mix.
LightBright, indirect sunlight.
WaterTwice a week.
HumidityAbove 60%
Temperature65°F to 75°F
FertilizerEvery month.
RepottingEvery 18-24 months.
Gardening zones7 to 11.

Let’s discuss its care routine in detail.

Soil

Alocasia Azlanii prefers well-draining potting soil that drains quickly because this plant is susceptible to root rot. You should use a potting mix with two parts perlite and one part coconut husk mixed in potting soil. Perlite and husk will allow maximum ventilation and airflow through the roots.

You can increase the organic content of the soil by adding compost or mulch to it.

Appropriate Pot Size and Type

Because this plant gets root rot quickly, you should use a pot with drainage holes at the bottom. Drainage holes will remove excess water and prevent root rot.

The pot must be at least 2 inches larger than the plant’s root ball; otherwise, there will be no space for the roots to grow.

Light

The ideal way of inducing healthy growth for this Alocasia species is by placing this plant under bright sunlight. The bright sun keeps the leaves upright and also increases their growth rate. However, the sunlight must be indirect because the direct sun scorches the leaves.

For indirect but bright sunlight exposure, place this plant 6 feet away from an east-facing window. 2 hours of direct morning sun is also beneficial for this plant’s growth.

Watering

Azlanii Alocasia loves being watered, and it grows best in moist (not wet) soil. You should check the soil two times a week for watering; water the plant if the topsoil is dry already.

You should decrease the watering frequency in winters. Due to cold temperatures, the water does not evaporate from the soil, and there is more for the plant to absorb.

Humidity

High humidity is a key factor that keeps the leaves of this plant fresh and healthy. For this Alocasia, you should maintain 60% or above humidity, and here are some ways to increase the room humidity for this plant.

  • Keep a water bowl near its pot.
  • Keep the plant over a pebble tray.
  • Group it with other houseplants.
  • Mist the leaves.
  • Keep it in a bathroom where the humidity is consistently above average.

Temperature

The ideal temperature range for Alocasia Azlanii is 65°F to 75°F. This plant is heat-sensitive so keep it in a cool place in peak summers. It is also prone to cold injuries, so you should never place this plant outdoors in winters. The USDA plant hardiness growth zones for Harga Alocasia Azlanii are 7 to 11.

Fertilizer

Azlanii plant is a heavy feeder, so you should apply fertilizer to its soil every month. Do not fertilize it in winters because the plant goes dormant in cold months.

You should use a liquid fertilizer with a balanced NPK value to feed this plant. Dilute this fertilizer to half its strength by mixing one tablespoon in a gallon of water.

How to Repot Alocasia Azlanii?

You should re-pot Alocasia Azlanii every 18 to 24 months, and you can also re-pot it before that if your plant is rootbound. To check if your plant is rootbound, look for the following signs.

  • It has roots growing out of the drainage hole.
  • Alocasia Azlanii has a slow growth rate.
  • It produces smaller leaves than usual.

Follow these steps to re-pot your Azlanii plant.

Step 1: Water your plant 1 to 2 days before repotting and then on the day of repotting, and it will help you easily remove the plant from the pot.

Step 2: Use a long stick to separate the soil from the inner side of the pot.

Step 3: Remove the plant by tilting the pot downwards and shaking it.

Step 4: Prepare a 2 inches bigger pot for repotting and place fresh potting soil.

Step 5: Place your Alocasia plant in it and fill it with potting soil.

Step 6: Gently press on the soil surface to make it firm.

Step 7: Water the plant and place it in a well-lit room.

Alocasia Azlanii Propagation

It is not easy to get a hand on the Alocasia Azlanii plant. So if you already have one, the wise choice is to propagate it again and again. You can propagate this plant via its divisions, offsets, and seeds. For a successful propagation, choose the right time of the year, which is spring and summer.

Propagation via Divisions

Step 1: Use a sterilized knife to separate the soil from the pot’s walls.

Step 2: Tilt the pot and shake it gently to remove the plant from the pot.

Step 3: Shake the plant to remove excess soil until the root ball is visible.

Step 4: Untangle the roots using your fingers and then cut all the damaged roots.

Step 5: Divide the plant into two ⅔ and ⅓ halves, and the smaller half is your new baby Alocasia.

Step 6: Plant both halves into separate pots and fill their pots with fresh potting soil.

Propagation via Offsets

Step 1: Once Alocasia Azlanii is mature, it produces small offsets at the base of its foliage. When you notice these offsets, remove them using sterilized shears.

Step 2: Plant these offsets into small containers filled with potting soil.

Step 3: Water the containers and place them under bright, indirect sunlight. Step 4: these offsets will develop into mature Alocasia in several months. Move them into proper pots when the offsets are large enough.

Propagation via Seeds

Step 1: Place the seeds in a wet towel. Leave them there until the seeds break and sprout. The best time to do this is fall.

Step 2: Plant them into small containers or seed starters when you notice tiny shoots growing out of the seeds.

Step 3: Water the soil and keep it moist all the time. You should place these containers.

Common Problems and Their Solutions

Wilted Leaves

It is the most common problem with Alocasia Azlanii. Wilted leaves are a sign of underwatering. This plant loves being watered, so you should water it twice a week.

If your plant has wilted leaves, remove those using sterilized tools. Make a proper schedule for watering your plant and set reminders.

Curled Leaves

If the humidity is too low, the leaves curl inwards to reduce their transpiration rate. So if you notice curled leaves, it means your plant is signaling you to increase humidity around it. You can increase the humidity by placing a water bowl next to your plant. You should also remove all the damaged leaves.

Common Pests

This plant is pest-resistant in most environments. But if its leaves are kept moist, several pests and insects attack its foliage. These pests include mealybugs, spider mites, aphids, and scales. You can prevent these pests by keeping the foliage dry and spraying it with insecticidal soap once every month.

Frequently Asked Questions about Alocasia Azlanii

Where is Alocasia Azlanii from?

Alocasia Azlanii is from Borneo and Malaysia, and it is found in a variety of places in these countries. This plant grows amid forests or on riverbanks near flowing rivers.

Is Alocasia Azlanii rare?

Yes, it is the rarest Alocasia species, and it is why it is sought after by gardeners worldwide. Luckily, it has been cultivated recently to increase its species.

How big can Alocasia Azlanii grow?

This plant can grow 2 feet (60 cm) tall when grown indoors. Its leaves have 20 cm long blades.

Conclusion

Alocasia plants are common houseplants because they have easy-to-follow care routines. Alocasia Azlanii is also an easy to care plant that is grown indoors for decorative purposes. It has beautiful, unique leaves that are metallic purple-colored. You can beautify your bookshelf or side table by placing this medium-sized plant on it.

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