Alocasia melo
Alocasia melo
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Alocasia melo

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Alocasia melo is part of the Araceae family and its native range is Borneo (Sabah). It typically grows on the floor of tropical lowland forest. Petiole is pale green and glabrous, leaf blades are very broadly ovate to sub-orbicular, they are rugose and bullate with bluish green undersides.

Genus name comes from the Greek ‘a’ meaning without and ‘locasia’ meaning lotus root. The specific epithet is in reference to the texture of the leaves resembling that of a cantaloupe melon.

Pot: ø 14cm

Height: Approximately 20cm from base of pot. 

Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. Alocasia can handle a few hours of direct sunlight per day. 

Water: Alocasia prefer evenly moist potting mix, providing that the plant is receiving appropriate light, water when the top inch of mix has dried out. Before watering, aerate the potting mix with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.

Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings. 

Fertilising: Feed your plant each to every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.

Temperature: Ideally 18-29°C.

Humidity: Alocasia would prefer higher humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.

Alocasia are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.