HOW TO GROW AND CARE FOR Variegated Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek' 

By Emma Kelt, | 24/10/2023

Variegated Alocasia Frydek | Rare Indoor Plant Nursery Chalet Boutique, Australia
📷 Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek' Variegata, Chalet Boutique

Welcome to our guide on caring for the Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek' Variegata also known as the Variegated Alocasia Frydek 'Green Velvet'. With its unique variegated foliage and velvety texture, this plant adds a touch of elegance to any indoor space. In this guide, we'll provide you with tips and advice on watering, fertilising, light conditions, and how to address common issues such as leaf dieback and spider mite infestations. Get ready to nurture and showcase the beauty of this exquisite Alocasia variety!

Variegated Alocasia Frydek Care Instructions

Variegated Alocasia Frydek Indoor Plant | Chalet Boutique Rare Plant Nursery, Australia
📷 Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek' Variegata, Chalet Boutique

How to water a Variegated Alocasia Frydek:

  • Water your Variegated Alocasia Frydek 'Green Velvet' thoroughly and allow the water to go right through the drainage holes. Set aside and allow to completely drain before returning to its home in a cover pot or in a greenhouse cabinet. Allow the top few centimetres of medium to dry out before watering again.
  • Ensure that the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot.
  • Avoid overwatering, as it can cause yellowing leaves and other issues.

How to Fertilise a Variegated Alocasia Frydek:

  • Use Growth Technology Foliage Focus or a similar balanced indoor fertiliser.
  • Dilute the fertiliser according to the manufacturer's instructions and apply it to the soil medium every watering during the growing season (spring and summer).
  • Reduce or halt fertilisation during the winter months when the plant is in its dormant phase.

What Humidity level do Variegated Alocasia Frydek need?

  • Variegated Alocasia Frydek 'Green Velvet' prefers high humidity levels.
  • Maintain humidity by placing the plant on a tray filled with water and sit it on top of pebbles to ensure the plant isn’t taking in water through the draining holes. Alternatively, use a humidifier, group plants together or place you plant in a greenhouse cabinet.

What's the best Light for Variegated Alocasia Frydek?

  • Place your Alocasia in bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.
  • If the leaves start to turn pale or yellow, it may be an indication that the plant is receiving too much light. Move it to a slightly shadier location.

Why are my Variegated Alocasia Frydek leaves dying?

  • Leaf dieback is normal for older leaves of the Alocasia plant to die back as new leaves form.
  • If the older leaves turn yellow and wither while new leaves are emerging, this is a natural process.
  • Remove the dead leaves by cutting them off at the base to maintain the plant's appearance.

Are Variegated Alocasia Frydek prone to spider mites?

  • Variegated Alocasia Frydek 'Green Velvet' is susceptible to spider mite infestations.
  • Regularly inspect the undersides of the leaves for tiny webbing or specks that indicate the presence of mites.
  • Treat the infestation by either spraying the plant with an appropriate miticide like Kill-A-Mite or introducing predatory bugs like ladybugs or predatory mites.
  • Follow the instructions on the miticide or consult a professional if the infestation is severe.

How do you care for Variegated Alocasia plants?

  • Variegated Alocasia plants, like the Variegated Alocasia Frydek 'Green Velvet,' thrive in bright, indirect light.
  • Keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged.
  • Maintain high humidity levels and ensure proper drainage to prevent root rot.
  • Fertilise during the growing season and reduce it in winter.
  • Check for pests regularly as they are susceptible to spidermites.

Are Alocasia Frydek hard to care for?

  • Variegated Alocasia Frydek can be moderately challenging due to their specific light, humidity, and watering requirements.
  • With proper care, they can thrive, making them a rewarding addition to your indoor garden.

How do I keep my Alocasia Frydek happy?

  • Ensure the plant gets bright, indirect light.
  • Maintain high humidity levels.
  • Water thoroughly, allowing the top few centimetres of soil to dry out between waterings.
  • Fertilise during the growing season and reduce in winter.
  • Remove any dead or dying leaves.

What is the best soil for Variegated Alocasia Frydek?

  • Use a well-draining aroid mix.
  • A mix containing Chunky Orchid Bark, Coarse Perlite, Horticultural Charcoal, Premium Potting mix & Coco chips can work well for Alocasia plants.

How do you care for Variegated Alocasia indoors?

  • Place the plant in a bright, indirect light location.
  • Maintain high humidity levels using methods like a humidity tray or a humidifier.
  • Water and fertilise as mentioned in the care guide above.

Should I mist my Alocasia leaves?

  • Misting is not an effective method to increase humidity for indoor plants. It will most likely cause leaf burning, overwatering, and fungal issues.
  • It's better to maintain humidity with a humidity tray, a humidifier, or by grouping plants together.

Remember, specific care needs can vary based on your specific climate and growing conditions. Regular observation of your Variegated Alocasia Frydek 'Green Velvet' will help you fine-tune its care to ensure optimal health and growth.

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June 01, 2023 — Emma Kelt

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