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Alocasia Wentii Care in a Nutshell

Alocasia Wentii Care in a Nutshell

The Alocasia Wentii, commonly known as ‘Hardy Elephant Ears,’ is an excellent houseplant choice due to numerous reasons. However, the foremost reason is its unique green and purple foliage.

The beautiful Alocasia Wentii has average plant needs. It thrives in bright, filtered sunlight and enjoys being watered weekly. Like most plants, it is sensitive to under and overwatering and likes to be watered only when its soil is slightly dry. Furthermore, it is a heavy-feeder and can reach a height of 2 feet when given the right care.

The exotic Wentii plant species has arrowhead-shaped leaves that are large and have a unique color combination. The topsides are a deep shade of green while the undersides are colored a metallic bronzy purple. Its exceptional foliage makes it a top favorite of several houseplant owners.

An interesting fact about the Alocasia Wentii is that it is an artificial crossbreed between Alocasia Odora and Alocasia Gageana. It is extensively grown in South-east Asia and is widely known for its ornamental appearance.
 


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Basic Plant Care

 

Soil

The Alocasia Wentii plant loves soil that is moist, well-draining, and nutrient-rich. It loves potting mixtures that retain moisture and are well-aerated.

I recommend that you use a porous potting mix that is one part soil, one part coarse potting sand or perlite, and lastly, one part peat. Ensure that the plant’s soil is sufficiently moist at all times but not completely water-saturated. The soils that are excessively wet increase the probability of infection.

The ideal pH for your lovely Alocasia Wentii plant is 5-8 (acidic to slightly alkaline). Growing your plant in its desired pH will help have unrestricted access to the necessary nutrients. However, make sure it does not contain too much of any mineral such as Calcium and Aluminum as they may cause toxicity.

 

Watering

This attractive beauty has regular watering needs. For the healthy development of the Alocasia Wentii, it is necessary to establish a good balance between under and overwatering.

To keep your Alocasia Wentii happy and healthy, water it moderately. I suggest you wait for your Alocasia Wentii plant’s soil top 1 to 2 inches to dry out before you water it. This will minimize the possibility of the plant catching any fungal infections. Water the plant evenly so that the moisture reaches all parts

During the growing seasons of summer and spring, watering once or twice a week is optimal. However, your plant’s watering needs may change during the winter season when the plant is not actively growing or dormant.

In the winters, watering once a week is adequate. Alternatively, you can let the Alocasia Wentii plant’s soil be your guide and water accordingly.

Like all other plants, Alocasias are sensitive to under- and overwatering. Therefore, when any of the two conditions occur, they may wilt or simply die. Fungal infections can be present as root-rot or discolored or yellow leaves.

The easy prevention for all these problems is need-based watering. Water only when needed. I recommend you use chlorine-free water for minimizing the possibility of toxicity. It will also generally help the plant grow better.

Light

The Alocasia Wentii plant’s lighting needs are no different than its fellow species. It requires bright dappled sunlight. Also, it is best to keep the Wentii plant away from direct scorching sun rays.

Place your Alocasia Wentii plant in a spot where indirect, filtered light hits it. I suggest you place your Wentii plant next to a window with filtered light. Generally, south-west facing windows offer the perfect light for such plants. As an alternate option, you can also hang it from a basket just inside your balcony door.

If there is no such spot in the house, do not worry. You can also use artificial growing lights for your beautiful Alocasia Wentii plant.

Please keep in mind that the Alocasia Wentii plant’s leaves’undersides are mostly purple. Thus, they have a low tolerance to sunlight.

Insufficient light will lead to stunted growth. On the other hand, excessive direct sunlight will lead to scorching leaves. Therefore, please ensure you keep your Alocasia Wendii in the right lighting conditions.

Temperature

The tropical Alocasia Wentii thrives in mild to moderate temperatures. Fortunately, it is not too temperature sensitive and can tolerate a considerable range of temperatures.

The Wentii plant’s ideal temperature range during the day is 50 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 30 degrees Celsius). At night, it prefers temperatures ranging from 54 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit (12 to 17 degrees Celsius). The maximum temperature tolerable is 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius).

Luckily, typical households fall within this range of temperatures. This makes the Alocasia Wentii an excellent houseplant choice. One suggestion for a happy Wentii plant is to keep it away from direct drafts of wind from open windows, air conditioners, or heaters.

However, if you a resident of the extreme temperature areas, it might be harder for you to maintain the Wentii plant’s desired temperature needs.

One option is to bring the plant inside if it is too hot or cold. You can also place your Wentii plant close to heaters or fans if it is excessively chilly or warm, respectively.

Please be sure not to expose your Alocasia Wentii plant to freezing temperatures as in such conditions; it can lose all its leaves and die.

 

Humidity

The lovely Alocasia Wentii is a humidity lover. It enjoys growing in humid environments, as is expected from its tropical species. The Wentii plant does exceptionally well when placed in 60% to 80% humidity.

These high humidity levels might arise as a problem, as humidity greater than 50% can be uncomfortable in an average household.  Thankfully, there are several natural and artificial ways for you to establish the Wentii plant’s required humidity levels.

For a humid environment, you can group your houseplants in one room. Alternatively, you can place your Alocasia Wentii plant on a tray full of water and pebbles.  You can also buy a humidifier and mimic the plant’s desired humidity in your house.

Moreover, you can mist the plant’s surroundings for even humidity distribution. However, ensure that you do not directly spray the plant’s leaves. An excessively wet plant is more likely to be infected by diseases and pests.

 

Fertilizer

The lovely Alocasias are heavy feeders. To keep up with their growth, you have to feed them often with their preferred fertilizer.

The Alocasia Wentii plant likes to be fed every two to four weeks with a good-quality fertilizer that contains optimum levels of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium. You can use diluted liquid fertilizer or slow-release fertilizer.

If you use liquid fertilizer, feed the plant after two to four weeks. In the case of slow-release fertilizer, providing feed to the plant twice a month is sufficient.

The Alocasia Wentii plant should be kept well-fed, especially during the growing summer seasons. Feeding the plant during the winter season is not necessary. Fertilizing it during this time may lead to salt-buildup and result in significant damage such as burnt leaf-tips.

 

Repotting

The Alocasia Wentii has beautiful and lush foliage. Potting it in fancy containers and decorative baskets can further add to its charm. Luckily, the Wentii plant does not require repotting often.

Surprisingly, Alocasias like to be root-bound. Therefore, you do not need to repot it every few months. I recommend you repot your Wentii plant after a year.

The new pot does not necessarily have to be very big as it may loosen the roots too much and affect the Wentii plant’s growth adversely. It is best to choose a container that just fits its roots.

Repotting your Alocasia Wentii plant at the start of the growing season is ideal. This will help the plant grow better and healthier. Please avoid repotting during the dormant winter seasons.

 

Pruning

Maintenance of most plants requires pruning. Similarly, the Alocasia Wentii plant also requires some cutting from time to time. Though beautiful, if left uncared for, it can begin to look unruly and unattractive.

There can be several reasons to prune an Alocasia Wentii plant. One cause is mere size control. If you think your plant is taking too much space or you would like it to be smaller, grab a pair of pruning shears and carefully cut off a few vines.

Likewise, yellow leaves can make any plant look dull and unpleasant. Therefore, get rid of the leaves that seem dead or old to you. Alternatively, if a leaf or vine is infected with fungus or disease, cut it off.

Letting diseased or fungal-infected leaves grow may lead to the spread of infection, ruining the plant entirely. Please keep in mind that it is better to cut the bottom leaves of the Wentii plant as new leaves often develop at the top.

For extra care, sterilize your gardening and plant equipment before using it on any of your plants. This will further minimize the probability of the spread of disease.

 

Propagation

Fortunately, propagating an Alocasia Wentii plant is not much of a challenge. Most of the Alocasia plants are tuberous species; this means that they sprout from a central rhizome.

The Alocasia Wentii plant often produces off of itself, making propagation much easier. The baby plants grow from the parent plant’s roots that can later be separated and developed as an individual plant.

 

Rhizome Method

For this, you will need a healthy Alocasia Wentii plant, some scissors, a pre-prepared potting mix, and some water. I also suggest you wear protective clothing.

  • Prepare a potting mix containing the right soil-mix and add some water to it.
  • Carefully remove the Wentii plant from its pot and shake off the excess soil stuck to its roots. Use a gardening hose if required for washing the soil off.
  • When you observe the exposed roots, you will notice multiple clumps. Now, gently separate a few of these clumps with a disinfected knife or a pair of scissors.
  • A great advantage of clumping plants is that each clump has its root system. Thus, you do not have to wait for it to develop roots. They will most probably start growing considerably fast.
  • Next, in a container, place one of the separated clumps and settle its roots.
  • Add some water into the container. If only chlorinated water is available, fill a bucket and let the water sit for 24 hours before adding it into the soil mixture.
  • Now, firm this mixture with the help of your fingers. Ensure there is no excessive water in the Wentii baby plant’s container.
  • Next, put this container in a well-lit spot that receives adequate bright dappled sunlight.
  • Top up the water when needed and wait for the baby-plant to grow.
  • You can also add some diluted liquid fertilizer to encourage growth.

It may take some weeks for the plant to mature.

 

Blooms

The Alocasia Wentii does not produce blooms mostly. However, its alluring large green and purple leaves provide a beautiful backdrop for other species’ bright and colorful flowers. The Wentii plant is mostly grown for its foliage.
 

Growth

The Alocasia Wentii produces striking foliage that is deep green from the top and a metallic purple-bronze from the underside. It grows large leaves that can reach approximately 1 foot (30 centimeters) in height.

This tropical beauty has a relatively slow growth rate. The mature Alocasia Wentii plant may reach a height of 2 feet (60 centimeters) with a spread of 1.6 feet (50 centimeters) when grown in the right environment.

 

Common Problems for Alocasia Wentii

 

Pests and Diseases

Some common pests of Alocasia plants include mealybugs and spider mites. To treat an Alocasia infested by spider mites or mealybugs, use insecticidal spray or soap on the Wentii plant’s leaves every few weeks. This will also help the plant remain dust-free.

You can also use ultra-fine insecticide or neem oil to get rid of the mealybugs. This will also help you get rid of their eggs.

Root-Rot

The Alocasia Wentii plant can also suffer from root-rot. This condition occurs when the plant has been excessively watered.

To minimize the probability of root-rot, water the plant only when its top few inches seem dry. Use your fingers to assess the soil’s moisture content. If it feels too wet, do not water the plant.

On the other hand, if the soil seems too dry, it is time to add some water. Please keep an eye on the Wentii plant’s roots to determine its watering frequency.

 

Salt Buildup

The Alocasia Wentii can be reasonably sensitive to excessive salts, minerals, calcium, and chlorine. Therefore, using only balanced fertilizers and low-chlorine water is necessary.

If you have access to chlorinated water only, fill up a bucket with water and let it sit for about a day. This will help the chlorine settle down and the unnecessary salts to evaporate. Now, use this water for your plant.

I also suggest you go the extra mile for your lovely Alocasia Wentii plant and use lukewarm and distilled water.

 

Drooping Leaves

A frequent problem with the Alocasia species is drooping or yellow leaves. This can occur due to various reasons such as under-watering, overwatering, inadequate sunlight, insufficient nutrients, and pests.

To find out the main problem, go over your recent care. Ensure that your watering and feeding schedule is appropriate and fix it if it needs adjustment. Place the plant in bright filtered sunlight. Also, check if the roots are too loose or too tight.

If you go over each of these, you will most likely find the cause. Treat the problem accordingly.

 

Tips for Growing

Following are the tips for growing a healthy Alocasia Wentii:

  • Place in partial-shade where indirect dappled sunlight hits the plant.
  • Feed regularly in the growing summer season.
  • Keep the plant moist in summers and dry during the winters.
  • Protect from frost and temperature extremes.
  • Do not mist the plant too often.
  • Do not repot the plant every few months.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Alocasia Wentii

 

How often do I water my Alocasia Wentii?

Water your Alocasia Wentii weekly and mist its surroundings frequently. Allow the top 2 – 3 inches of the plant’s soil to dry out before you water it.

 

Can the Alocasia Wentii plant live in low light?

The Alocasia Wentii is a light-sensitive plant. Therefore, please place it in bright dappled sunlight for healthy growth. Failing to do so can stunt growth.

 

Can I cut off my Alocasia Wentii plant’s yellow leaves?

If the yellow leaves are few in number and seem unappealing to you, you can certainly cut them off. However, if a considerable number of leaves are yellow, then it is best that you find out the problem and treat your plant accordingly.

 

Can Alocasia Wentii plant be grown indoors?

The Alocasia Wentii plant, with its beautiful foliage, is an excellent indoor houseplant choice. Its care is easy and can easily adjust to indoor growing conditions.

 

When should I repot my Alocasia Wentii plant?

Repot your Alocasia Wentii plant once a year. It does not require frequent repotting.

 

Is Alocasia Wentii plant difficult to grow?

The Alocasia Wentii plant is not very tolerant and requires good care. However, its needs are nothing too different from other plants and so growing an Alocasia Wentii plant is not much of a hassle.

Conclusion

The Alocasia Wentii plant is a unique and eye-catching plant with alluring green and metallic purple-bronze foliage. It can become a centerpiece in any room or garden.

It does not require immense care, and thus, is a great houseplant choice. However, it contains oxalate crystals, which are poisonous to pets and humans. Therefore, admire the plant from afar and keep it away from the young ones and your pets.

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