Dragonscale Alocasia needs regular watering and the soil should not dry out. Aside from that, she is more tolerant of occasional watering than some other Alocasia strains. Allow the top 1 to 2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings, then water thoroughly.
Alocasia Dragon Scale Prefers light, open soil that is kept moist but dries a bit between waterings. She likes temperatures of 13-27°C (55-80°F), humidity levels of 60-80%, and bright indirect light or mottled shade. The plant needs very little fertilizer and has an average susceptibility to pests and diseases.
Although Alocasia Baginda needs frequent watering, overwatering or underwatering is a problem. In the summer it is recommended to water two to three times a week. In the winter you can reduce the watering frequency to once a week. Always make sure the top 3 inches (7 cm) of soil dries out between watering.
While Alocasia Dragon Scale likes a humid environment, I would recommend you to use a method that does NOT mist. Constantly wet foliage can lead to disease and I personally don’t find spraying that effective.
Alocasia dragon scales don’t mind being easily attached to roots and should be repotted every 2 to 3 years or as soon as the roots grow out of the bottom of the pot. It is best to repot these plants mid spring to early summer when they are past their dormant stage and actively growing.
The main cause of curled leaves on Alocasia is lack of proper plant care. If the plant’s leaves are curling, there’s a high chance it’s not getting enough light, it’s either overwatering or underwater, potassium deficiency, pest infestation, low temperatures, lack of moisture, or even over-fertilization.
Alocasia Dragon Scale is poisonous
Unfortunately, Alocasia Dragon Scale plants are poisonous to both pets and humans. They can cause mouth ulcers and stomach problems if ingested, so keep out of the reach of pets and children.
Rapid yellowing of older leaves and a shaky plant are a clear sign of overwatering, usually caused by insufficient light. Although Alocasia can thrive in darker locations, the frequency of watering needs to be reduced to reduce the likelihood of root rot.
Yellowing leaves, brown spots, wilted, soft stems: All signs of overwatering. The plant could also get too cold – a combination of cold and humidity will kill an Alocasia. Drooping Leaves: This can be above or below the water.
A common problem with Alocasia and almost all indoor houseplants is what we refer to as “tipping” or simply the drying out and browning of the leaf tips. This can be caused by a number of factors including overwatering, chemical burns from too much fertilizer, root rot and dry, stagnant air.
When your Alocasia dragon scale is trying to keep rotting leaves and roots alive, it is wasting valuable energy that it could use to recover and produce new growth. Use clean, sharp scissors to snip off dying growth. Never pull the roots or leaves from the plant as this could further damage the plant.
Alocasia need bright but indirect light. This is due to the plant’s natural habitat on the forest floor beneath the tree canopy. Direct sun will burn the leaves, so don’t place your Alocasia in an area where it will be exposed to direct sun for a long time.