How to propagate: Alocasia

Like many other indoor plants, the Alocasia comes from the Araceae family. Just like the Dieffenbachia, Spathiphyllum and Zamioculcas.

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 the easiest.

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.


  • Alocasia
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Decorative pot with fresh potting soil
  • Optional: cutting powder

Propagating an Alocasia in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the knife you 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 using the hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Dig out the plant

It's best to remove the mother plant from its pot and dig out the small pup. It is important that the pup is at least 20 cm in size.

Remove as much soil around the pup and 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.

Have you separated the pup from the mother plant? Then carefully remove the roots. It's important that a cutting has its own roots.

If the cutting has no roots of its own, then there is little chance that the cutting will survive.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

It's 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 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 it can also take longer for growth to appear. Especially when it’s winter, growth may not occur for a while. Be careful with too much watering to prevent root rot.

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