Plant care tips by Leaf Envy Alocasia Polly, watering, humidity, fertiliser requirements

Alocasia Polly

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Alocasia Polly thrive in medium to bright, indirect sunlight. Be aware that they are not suited to low light or direct sunlight - which can scorch their leaves.


Alocasia Polly enjoy weekly watering sessions and frequent misting, keeping their soil moist but not wet. In winter, we recommend allowing the top 2’ of soil to dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering and root rot. This plant is not drought tolerant, and extended periods of dryness will cause leaf edges to brown.


Your Alocasia Polly will also appreciate being placed in a humid environment, which you can create by misting it frequently, placing it close to other plants or on a pebble tray partly filled with water.


Your Alocasia Polly will thrive in temperatures ranging from 18-25ºC. Avoid abrupt temperature changes and cold drafts.


Feed with general houseplant fertiliser monthly during the growing season (spring to summer).


Alocasia Polly is toxic to both people and animals - keep away from small children and pets.

Additional Care

Alocasia Polly can easily be propagated in water because of its semi-aquatic, swamp-dwelling ancestors. During the plant’s dormancy, move it to somewhere warm and reduce your watering until it starts growing again in spring.


• Yellowing or spotting on leaves: suggests the plant has been overwatered - make sure you allow the top soil to dry out before watering the plant again, especially in winter.
• Browning edges: indicate the plant has either been underwatered or scorched by direct sunlight. Make sure your Alocasia Polly only receives bright, indirect sunlight.
• Leaves fading and dying in fall/winter: Alocasia Polly goes into dormancy as temperatures drop and days shorten. Don’t panic if this happens, but reduce your watering.

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