The Alocasia polly, also known as the African Mask Plant, is native to subtropical Asia and Australia. This plant appreciates a bright and humid environment in the home or office. Its dark green leaves are shaped like an arrowhead with highly defined silvery green veins.
Your Alocasia Polly will thrive in a spot with bright, indirect, filtered light. Never allow this plant to stand in the direct sunlight—the leaves will burn. It can survive in medium light, but avoid a dark corner.
maintain a regular watering schedule and keep the soil of your Alocasia Polly moist, but not wet or saturated. This is not a drought-tolerant indoor plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. Root rot will occur if the soil becomes soggy.
Your Alocasia Polly prefers a spot with ample humidity. Mist it on a regular basis, or use a pebble tray to increase humidity. This plant will thrive if given frequent, lukewarm showers either in the actual shower or use the spray attachment near your sink. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Alocasia Polly because these areas tend to be more humid.
Your Alocasia enjoys the warmth, preferably between 65-85 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.
Use a general houseplant fertilizer with iron every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter months when plant growth naturally slows. Only apply fertilizer to damp soil–never dry, as it will burn the roots.
Alocasias are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.
Your Alocasia Polly will go through a dormant period in the winter months. During dormancy, keep your Alocasia Polly in a warmer spot in your home and reduce the watering but do not allow it to completely dry out. You will see it perk up again in the spring.