The Alocasia ‘Samar Lance’ showcases bright, green, leathery patterns at their finest. Its distinctive, eye-catching leaves will spruce up your home!
Growing Pot Size: 10cm
Binomial Name: Alocasia scalprum
Care Level: Easy to Medium
Light: Bright, indirect light
Water: Do not overwater
Pet Friendly: No
Searching for a simple houseplant that exudes elegant luxury? The Alocasia ‘Samar Lance’ is the plant for you. It is characterized by thick leaves with enticing, tactile patterns which have been compared to the textured skin of a crocodile! The best part? The color of this plant will keep you guessing. Green leaves embellished with tinges of blue and a rich, red underside draw you in and leave you in awe of this understated herbaceous beauty.
Alocasia ‘Samar Lance’ - Care Practices
Light: Bright indirect light. However, compared to other aroids, this plant can tolerate lower lights.
Water: Water thoroughly, allowing the top 5cm of soil to dry in between watering. Do not leave to sit in excess water as it can be prone to root rot. Alocasias will arc their stems if they need more water.
Humidity: Appreciates relative levels of humidity (25%-49%)
Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C. No less than 13°C.
Fertilizer: We recommend a 10-10-10 liquid fertilizer, following a monthly schedule when the plant is actively growing (during spring and summer).
Soil: Use a well-draining, coarse, and organic soil mix, for example, 2 parts perlite, 2 parts orchid bark, 1 part potting soil.
Propagation: Division by separating corms.
Repotting: Ideally, this plant likes to be rootbound, however, it can be re-potted every 12-18 months in a 5cm larger diameter pot each time.
Cleaning Tip: Gently wipe down with a damp cloth to remove dust. Remove yellowing leaves right away.
Toxicity: Keep away from pets and children. Ingestion may cause irritation or vomiting.
Alocasia ‘Samar Lance’ - Common Problems
Why are their spots on the leaves of my Alocasia ‘Samar Lance’?
There may be spots on the leaves for a number of reasons, so it is important to assess the whole environment of the plant. Perhaps it is receiving too much direct sunlight and the spots are a symptom of sunburn? If so, move it to a spot where the light is indirect. Perhaps it is under attack from pests such as spider mites? If so, identify and treat these. Perhaps your tap water contains too much chlorine? If so, try watering it with rainwater.
Why do the leaves of my Alocasia ‘Samar Lance’ have brown tips?
This may be because the humidity is too low. Increase the relative humidity to prevent browning leaf tips. This can be done through regular misting or installing a humidifier.
Why does my Alocasia ‘Samar Lance’ keep losing its leaves?
As the plant ages, at some point, the leaves will turn yellow and die. Unfortunately, this is a natural process that cannot be prevented. Enjoy your plant as it flourishes and enjoy watching it change over time!
Signs of Overwatering
New growth becomes soft and brown. Leaves begin to drop.
Can attract spider mites.
Can my Alocasia ‘Samar Lance’ take full sun?
It is advised to keep your Alocasia ‘Samar Lance’ out of direct sunlight, as it can be prone to sunburn.