Alocasia amazonica 'Bambino', is all about the elaborate tropical foliage. Bambino features striking almost black, thick glossy leaves with white margins and veins. Fantastic as an indoor potted plant to add some drama to your room.
For the best performance and for the foliage to retain its deep green coloring, it is best to situate your Alocasia Amazonica in a location that receives bright light. In fact, those living in an area where the temperatures and light conditions are not intense can place it in a location that receives direct sunlight.
If placed in a location lacking sufficient light the plant loses its colour, including the leaf veins and can eventually die. Even when placed in a location that receives a medium amount of light, the plant won’t be happy and won’t produce the best growth and leaf coloration as when placed in a brighter location.
When it comes to the best soil to grow Alocasia Amazonica, you will get the best performance and healthiest growth from well-aerated soil that drains quickly. Heavy soil has a tendency to retain too much moisture, which can lead to rot problems and even plant death.
In their native environment, the parents of Alocasia Amazonica is found growing near a source of water where their roots stay moist. Therefore, it is important to water frequently enough to keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy, especially during the growing seasons of spring throughout summer.
During winter, the plant goes through a dormant stage and active growing stops, so you won’t have to water as frequently as you would while it is actively growing. However, you never want the soil to completely dry out. Checking the moisture content of the soil is easy.
- Check the soils moisture by sticking your finger into the soil and if the top 2cms are starting to feel dry to the touch, apply water until it runs from the pots bottom drain holes.
Depending on outdoor temperatures and light conditions coming through the window where the Alocasia Amazonica is situated, during the growing season you may have to water one to two times weekly.
In addition, during the dormant season of winter, you may only need to water once every week to two weeks. Regularly checking the soils moisture content and applying water as needed will keep your Alocasia Amazonica performing at its best.
Pictured here in a 14cm pot, it will be posted potted.