It is so interesting to know this Alocasia Odora, a plant that can grow so big because some plants have a similar shape to it. Alocasia Odora is a plant that thrives in tropical areas and subtropical. It has possibility that they can grow as well in the areas other than Asia depending on the season that happens in that area.
The uniquely of it besides having large leaves like elephant ears, it can grow up to 2 meters tall, it is amazing isn’t it? for an ornamental plant, its uniqueness is able to make anyone amazed especially if it is used to decorate the courtyard terrace with a nice arrangement.
With a stunning green color and leaf that looks like a heart. Alocasia Odora has almost 80% similarity with Colocasia gigantea. Then what is the differences between them both?
Differences and similarities of Alocasia Odora and Colocasia gigantea:
- Family: Araceae
- Most of the growth of Alocasia Odora leaves is facing upwards due to the leaf stems that extend to the leaves so that the direction of the leaves follows the stem line.
- Alocasia Odora would grow thrive in shady places but gets indirect sunlight.
- Reproduction of Alocasia Odora by producing rhizomes and tubers
- Most of the Alocasia is inedible because some have toxins that will be harmful if its eaten.
- Family : Araceae
- Generally the leaves of Colocasia droop or do not grow upward because the petiole is connected downward.
- Colocasia is able to thrive in places that exposed to direct sunlight even in places where water is stagnant at once.
- This plant develops only with tubers, but many varieties of Colocasia can be eaten.
- Alocasia Odora itself has a beautiful flower with a distinctive smell at night.
Does Alocasia Odora need special care?
Of course, care/maintainance is needed so that the growth would be optimal and good even though the treatment is classified as easy maintenance.
Media planting required for Alocasia Odora
Everything if it starts with a good foundation, its growth will be good too. So provide the soil that is porous but rich in nutrients/humus. You can also prepare your own mixed soil with soil, compost, raw rice husks or roasted rice husks. The compost will provide better nutrition, and the rice husks are able to keep water so that we don’t need to water them as much as posible and giving rice husks to the planting medium will help better drainage.
More info: Best Planting Media
Sunlight that Alocasia Odora needs
Partial shade is a very suitable place for this plant. They will grow well in indirect sunlight. Alocasia Odora really likes humidity places, but that does not mean that the soil medium that is prepared has to be wet. You need to avoid wet plant media to avoid root rot. And several other types of Alocasia will die if the temperature or weather is too cold, which is below 59°F.
How much water does Alocasia Odora need to grow properly?
You can water it twice a day by adjusting the soil conditions. Do not give it too often if it is during the rainy season or winter, even though this plant likes water because it will make the rhizomes or roots rot.
When should you put the Alocasia Odora?
- If you plant it in a pot, pay attention to the growth if it has grow big out of the pot capacity then do repotting with the pot size twice as big as the previous pot so that the roots inside can grow properly
- If you plant it in the garden, you only need to trim the parts that don’t look good so they look good as always.
Fertilizer for Alocasia Odora
Give high quality fertilizer about twice a week so that Alocasia Odora can thrive. Generally, Alocasia Odora will grow quickly depending on the treatment that you give. And depending of the place it has planted as well. if it is plant on the plot, the growth will not be as big as Alocasia Odora planted in a garden or in the yard that has larger area.
If the reality is not as we expected such as the growth is very slow, it is probably that this Alocasia has a problem, for example rot on the roots or stems. Those are some things that are important to know for ornamental plant enthusiasts, especially Alocasia Odora.
May be useful, happy planting!