A tropical hybrid that makes a great indoor houseplant is Alocasia Maharani, which is also known as ‘Grey Dragon’. This mini Alocasia grows to about one foot in height and has an artificial-like appearance. Its leaves have silver-green leaves with reddish undersides and light-green inflorescence. It is a low-maintenance plant that can be grown in a wide range of places inside a home. Well, who wouldn’t love this rare evergreen beauty?
If you want to learn more about this Alocasia plant, keep reading the article.
- Grey Dragon
- Family: Araceae
- Subfamily: Aroideae
- Genus: Alocasia
About the Genus Alocasia
Alocasia is a well-known genus of flowering plants known for their exquisite leaves. 97 species have been classified into this genus so far. All of these species are native to subtropical regions of Asia and Eastern Australia.
Origin and Distribution
This hybrid was originally introduced in India and is native to Southeast Asia.
Alocasia Maharani Features
Foliage and Stem
This handsome plant has large, silvery-green leaves. The leaves have a leathery and thick texture; this is why these leaves look as if they are made from plastic. The leaves of Alocasia Maharani Variegated are even more mesmerizing. Its leaves have gorgeous white variegations along with silver-green coloration.
This plant produces inconspicuous inflorescence that consists of a spadix and a spathe. Both these parts are green in color. The flowers bloom rarely.
This breathtaking, exotic, and extremely rare Alocasia species is an evergreen hybrid whose foliage remains functional, fresh, and green throughout the year. No autumn season can force it to shed all of its leaves.
The maximum height that this plant can attain is 24 – 36 inches. This height increases even more if the plant is provided with the ideal conditions.
This unique Alocasia plant is not drought-tolerant. It does not do well with days of low-water availability. This is why you should never forget to water this plant.
Disease and Pest Resistance
Alocasia Grey Dragon is susceptible to fungal diseases and root rot. These two diseases affect this plant if you over-water it or the pot of this plant does not have a proper drainage system. In case your plant is suffering from these two diseases, you should remove the infected parts ASAP. It will prevent the infection or disease from spreading to the other parts.
As soon as the humidity level increases, more spider mites attack this Alocasia hybrid. You cannot decrease humidity, but you can get rid of these sap-sucking pests. Use neem oil-dipped cotton balls to rub the foliage of this plant; it will remove any spider mites.
It is a slow-growing Alocasia hybrid. It takes almost two to three years to reach its mature height. However, its growth rate increases significantly if grown outdoors.
The recommended USDA plant hardiness growth zone for this plant is 10.
The foliage and stem of this lovely species contain calcium oxalate crystals that are poisonous to humans and animals. This is why Alocasia Maharani is toxic to you and your pets. If its parts are ingested in large quantities accidentally, they can cause irritation and swelling of the mouth and throat.
This is another great low-maintenance plant that you can grow in your home as your ornamental plant. It has bare minimum care needs. No doubt, it is a rare Alocasia hybrid; it still needs the least care and attention to grow.
This gorgeous species go dormant in winter and returns to life in spring. During the dormancy stage, it has stunted growth and does not produce any new leaves or blooms. You should limit its watering during these days and do not fertilize it at all.
Alocasia Maharani Care
Alocasia Maharani care is as easy as a breeze. It should be watered regularly once every week. It should be grown in fast-draining, slightly acidic soil with pH 5.5 to 6.5. The ideal humidity level for this plant is 80%, and the optimum temperature range is 12-27°C.
This rare Alocasia species have similar watering requirements as other Aroids. It loves moist soil and prefers to be watered thoroughly, but you must let the soil dry between waterings. It should be watered once a week on normal days. As the temperature level increases in summers, its watering needs to increase, because its soil gets dry quickly. Water it two to three times a week in summers.
During winters, you should cut down its watering frequency due to the lowered temperature and the fact that this plant is in its dormancy stage.
Alocasia Maharani soil must be well-draining and slightly acidic (pH 5.5 to 6.5). It should be grown in aerated soil to improve airflow and so that more oxygen reaches the roots. If you grow this plant in compact soil, the roots will not be able to breathe and will get waterlogged easily.
We recommend you use perlite and coir fibers in its potting mix. Both these ingredients increase the soil aeration and improve its drainage. You can also use the regular potting mix for this lovely plant. In fact, this Alocasia can grow in many types of potting mixes.
All the plants need sunlight to carry out photosynthesis, produce chlorophyll, and maintain the green coloration of their foliage. This is why correct sunlight exposure is necessary for all plants, especially indoor ones.
Alocasia Maharani also needs six hours of bright, indirect sunlight to stay fresh and green. However, direct sunlight can harm its leaves. If you ask for our opinion, we recommend you place this lovely evergreen near a window, which is covered by drapes. The plant should also be rotated from time to time so that all the parts of its foliage receive equal light exposure.
Just like all the other Alocasia species, Maharani Alocasia needs an average temperature to grow properly. As long as the temperature stays between 12-27°C, this Alocasia plant stays happy.
There are some things that you must know before keeping this houseplant in your home. One: you should never place it in the way of hot or cold drafts. Two: do not place this plant outdoors during winters as it is not winter-hardy. If the temperature gets too high, move its pot to your bathroom, where the temperature is relatively low.
Many people who grow Alocasia Melo in their home think that this plant with plastic-like foliage does not need high humidity to thrive. However, it is not true. The same is the case of Alocasia Maharani. Even if it is not a smooth-textured plant with grassy-green leaves, it still needs high moisture to keep it fresh; its artificial-alike leaves stay fresh only in the presence of a high amount of moisture.
The ideal humidity level for this plant is 80%. This level is not easy to maintain inside a home where the average humidity is just 10-30%. You can increase the moisture levels in many ways, with the pebble tray method being the number one. Grouping houseplants together also increases their collective humidity.
Alocasia Grey Dragon is a heavy feeder that needs proper fertilization for healthy growth. A regular houseplant fertilizer would do fine for its optimum growth. It should be fertilized once every month. However, during the winter, avoid fertilizing this Alocasia plant at all. This is because winters are the days of dormancy, and any fertilizer will do more harm than good to this plant.
You can also use a liquid fertilizer for this plant if you like. But never forget to dilute it to half its strength before adding it to the plant’s soil. Undiluted fertilizer can burn the roots of the plant.
Grooming and Pruning
Frequent pruning is essential for a plant, which is fast-growing and produces new buds every now and then, such as Alocasia Zebrina. For a slow-grower like Alocasia Maharani, pruning and trimming must be done only once a year, mainly in the growing season.
You should remove the bottom leaves first and then remove the old ones after. This practice makes more room for new growth and encourages more branching.
As it is a slow-grower, Alocasia Maharani does not need occasional repotting. You should re-pot this plant only when it gets completely root-bound and has taken over all the soil. The main sign that indicates that this plant needs repotting is its peeking roots out of the drainage hole.
This plant needs repotting every two to three years. However, you should renew the soil every year. This practice replenishes the minerals and nutrients in the soil.
Alocasia Maharani Propagation
Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon produces clumps or pups near its base. These pups are actually their offsets that can be used to propagate this tropical plant. Propagation through the division of these pups is a piece of cake if you know the major steps. Here is how you do it:
Propagation By Division
- The best time to propagate this plant is in early spring till late summer.
- Gently take out the mother Alocasia plant out of its pot.
- Use your fingers to untangle the roots. Place the plant on the ground.
- Take a sharp blade or knife and sterilize it using ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol.
- Use this knife to separate the pups from the mother plant.
- You can take as many pups as you want, depending on the size of the mother plant.
- Take a separate pot and fill it with potting mix.
- Plant the pups into separate pots.
- Water the pot and place it in bright, indirect sunlight.
- In just 3 to 4 weeks, a healthy Alocasia Maharani will grow out of the pups.
Propagation Through Seeds
This method is the least used as it is time-consuming. You can get the seeds of this plant from its fruit. Once you get the seeds, soak them in water and then plant them in a proper pot. This is all you have to do to propagate this pretty Maharani Alocasia.
Alocasia ‘Grey Dragon’ is a low-maintenance species that has the least number of care requirements. Alocasia Maharani size is perfect for a small terrarium or a small pot in the living room. You can also grow this pretty plant in your office space, where it will not only adorn the surroundings but also will clean the air around you.