How to propagate: Alocasia
The Alocasia comes from the tropics of Asia and consists of many different species. Like many other indoor plants, the Alocasia comes from the Araceae family. Just like the Dieffenbachia, Spathiphyllum and Zamioculcas. Although the plant species are very different in appearance.
Alocasia plants are certainly not the easiest plants, but they are beautiful. Especially the leaves of Alocasia are very remarkable. Just like its care, propagating the Alocasia is not for everyone.
You can only propagate the Alcoasia when it has young pups. Doesn’t your Alocasia have pups? Then you still have to wait for a while. In addition, the pup must also be larger than 20 cm. So that the pup has its own roots.
- Scissors or knife
- Decorative pot with fresh potting soil
- Optional: cutting powder
Propagating an Alocasia in 4 steps
Step 1: Disinfect
First clean the knife you are might be using.
Keep the knife under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.
Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after the hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!
Step 2: Dig out the plant
It is best to remove the mother plant from her pot and dig out the pup. It is important that the pup is at least 20 cm in size.
Remove as much soil around the roots as possible. This way you can clearly see if and how many roots the pup has developed.
Step 3: Cut off a pup
Carefully cut off the pup from the mother plant.
Has the pup come loose? Carefully remove the roots from each other. It is important that a cutting has its own roots.
Does the cutting not have its own roots yet? Then there is little chance that the cutting will survive.
Step 4: Taking care of the cutting
It is now best to repot the mother plant and cuttings. Place the cutting in a pot with fresh potting soil. Pour a little water around the cutting, so that the soil is slightly moist.
You can also choose to place the Alocasia cuttings in water. Although not every Alocasia specie is suitable for water propagation.
If you’re going to repot the mother plant as well, we recommend choosing a pot that is 20% larger than the previous one.
After about a month the roots will have recovered and growth may be visible. Although this does not have to be the case. Especially when it’s winter, growth may not occur for a while. Be careful with too much watering to prevent root rot.