Buddha's hand alocasia
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This Buddha's hand (Alocasia cucullata) is a simple, tranquil beauty of a plant with heart shaped glossy leaves. It's often kept in temples in Laos and Thailand as it's believed to bring good luck. Scroll down to see the pots that fit this plant perfectly.
Light: Thrives in bright light to partial light shade. Direct sun will scorch the leaves though so no keeping it on a really bright windowsill.
Water: Little and often is a nice watering approach for this one. We find letting the top layer of soil get a little dry and crumbly in between watering works well. This plant will also droop a bit when really thirsty. They are not hard to keep, but they are slightly diva-ish in that they do prefer warm water. It will relish a regular misting.
Height and growth rate: They are fast growing in the right conditions and can get to about 90cm tall.
Feed: Apply a weak dose of a fertiliser once a month during spring and summer.
Care tips: Alocasia have a dormant period where leaves will fade and die so don't worry if this happens, it's totally normal. During this period, it will require little to no water.
Toxicity: This plant is harmful if ingested, so keep out of reach from children and animals.
Origin: South East Asia.