Alocasia 'Mickey Mouse'
Alocasia 'Mickey Mouse' is renowned for its enchanting elephant ear-like green leaves adorned with unique white variegation. The leaves may gracefully form cups, occasionally holding water, and exhibit tails extending outward from these cups. In tropical climates, these plants can reach impressive heights of 5-7 feet, with leaves spanning up to 2 feet.
Scientific Name: Xanthosoma sagittifolium 'Variegatum Monstrosum'
Common Names: Alocasia 'Mickey Mouse'
Light: Thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. Place it near a window with filtered light, but avoid direct sun exposure to prevent leaf damage.
Water: Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Water when the top inch of the soil feels dry, typically every 1-2 weeks. Ensure that the pot has proper drainage to prevent overwatering.
Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix with a mix of peat moss, perlite, and a touch of organic matter.
Humidity: Alocasia appreciate higher humidity levels. To create a suitable environment, consider using a humidity tray, a room humidifier, or mist the plant regularly to keep the air around it comfortably moist.
Temperature: Keep your Alocasia in a warm environment. Ideally, maintain temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Avoid exposing it to drafts or sudden temperature changes.
Fertilizer: Feed your Alocasia every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, diluted liquid fertilizer. Reduce or eliminate feeding during the winter months when the plant is less active.
Pet Information: Alocasia are toxic to pets.