Love plants with unique foliage? Then the Alocasia ‘Frydek’ is for you. Displaying arrow-shaped leaves decorated with white veins on a velvet surface.
Growing pot size: 10cm
- An unusual perennial rhizome rooted houseplant
- Loves high humidity and warm temperatures
- Place in a spot where it can bask in bright, indirect sunlight.
- Toxic to pets
- Growing Pot Size: 10cm
Where is it from?
The Alocasia ‘Frydek’, also known as Green Velvet Alocasia originates from the Philippines.
Alocasia ‘Frydek’: The Opportunist
In Eastern and Western cultures, Alocasias are symbolic of seizing opportunities. The perfect gift for a friend or family member who is at the start of something new and exciting.
Is this the right plant for me?
Alocasia ‘Frydek’ or Green Velvet Alocasia is a little needy in comparison to some other hardy houseplants. This is because it requires high humidity and warm temperatures to thrive and it will require attention during cold winter months. It loves to have consistently moist soil, so getting a feel for its water needs will be key to keeping your Alocasia healthy. It can grow up to 2-3 ft tall and makes a great feature plant on top of a cabinet or side table.
Plant Care Tips
Light: This plant needs lots of indirect, bright sunlight. Avoid placing it directly next to a south-facing window.
Water: During its growing season, water well once the top of the soil surface begins to dry. This plant likes to live in consistently moist soil. However, like most plants, it will not like wet and soggy conditions, so getting a sense of its watering needs is important.
Soil: Plant in a fast-draining compost. Add perlite, sand or bark to the potting mix to improve its draining capacity.
Humidity: Alocasia ‘Frydek’ loves humidity. Regularly mist the plant with clean water to mimic humid conditions.
Fertilizer: In spring and summer, you can feed this plant with a diluted mix of liquid fertilizer every two weeks.
Alocasia 'Frydek' Common Problems & Questions
Help! It’s wintertime and the leaves of my plant have died
It’s likely that your Alocasia ‘Frydek’ has entered dormancy as a result of the cold conditions. Remove any dead foliage to prevent disease and slow watering down to the minimum that it requires. Come the warmer months, it should bounce back and regrow.
Why is my plant wilting when I have watered it?
As well as underwatering, overwatering a plant also causes it to wilt. It’s likely that you are watering your plant too much and leaving it to sit in soggy soil. Leave the soil to dry out and see if the turgidity improves. If you have been overwatering for some time, this can cause a more serious problem: root rot. Carefully remove your plant from its container and check to see whether the roots are healthy.
What should I do if my plant has root rot?
You can try and rejuvenate the plant by delicately cutting off any infected roots with sharp scissors. Be as gentle as possible. Re-pot the plant in new soil that is well-draining and well-aerated (a compost mix with perlite is a good idea). Place it away from direct sunlight and lessen the amount you are watering it until the roots have grown back. Sadly, if the whole root system appears to be infected with root rot, the plant won’t recover.
How often should I re-pot my Alocasia ‘Frydek’?
Once the plant has matured, it shouldn’t need repotting very often. Once every 2 years should be about right. However, it may benefit the plant to refresh the soil every year, just placing it back into the same sized pot if repotting is not necessary. If you repot too often, the plant will put more energy into growing new roots below rather than growing beautiful foliage up top.