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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: Keep the soil moist and don't let it dry out. Little and often is a nice approach for this one. They are not hard to keep, but they are slightly diva-ish in that they do prefer warm water.
Humidity: This plant likes a normal to increased level of humidity. 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 less water.
Toxicity: This plant is harmful if ingested, so keep out of reach from children and animals.
Origin: South East Asia.