Alocasia  'African Mask'
Alocasia  'African Mask'
Alocasia  'African Mask'
Alocasia  'African Mask'

Alocasia 'African Mask'

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Size 4"

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  • Scientific Name: Alocasia × mortfontanensis (Alocasia longiloba x Alocasia sanderiana)
  • Previously Classified As: Alocasia × amazonica
  • Common Names: Amazonian Elephant Ear, African Mask, Alocasia Polly
  • Native Region: Artificial hybrid origin, with parent species from Southeast Asia.

Light Requirements: Prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch its leaves, while too little light can cause the plant to become leggy and lose its vibrant coloration.

Watering Needs: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so ensure proper drainage. Reduce watering frequency during the winter months when growth slows.

Soil Preference: Use a well-draining potting mix rich in organic matter. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark works well to provide the necessary drainage and aeration.

How to Fertilize: Fertilize during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced fertilizer. Apply fertilizer every 4 weeks. Reduce feeding in the fall and winter when the plant's growth slows.

Hardiness Zone: Typically grown indoors or as a container plant in zones 10-11. It is not frost-tolerant and should be protected from temperatures below 60°F (16°C).

Pet Safety: Toxic to cats and dogs if ingested. It contains calcium oxalate crystals which can cause irritation and swelling in the mouth and digestive tract. Keep it out of reach of pets and children.

Additional Care Tips: Prefers high humidity; mist regularly or use a humidifier. Thrives in temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C); avoid cold drafts. Remove yellow or damaged leaves to encourage new growth. Repot every 1-2 years in the spring. Clean leaves regularly to remove dust and prevent pest infestations such as spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs.