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Alocasia wentii

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Gorgeously handsome indoor plant, with broad dark glossy heart-shaped leaves, deepest green on top and metallic aubergine beneath. In a shady tropical garden the plant can grow leaves of enormous size; indoors with regular feeding and misting they'll keep to manageable proportions and arrange their leaves so you can see all their best sides.

Alocasia wentii - New Guinea shield, hardy elephant ears

APPEARANCE : Exotic foliage plant with large, glossy green leaves with metallic purple undersides.
USE FOR : Popular houseplant ideal in a brightly coloured pot for colour balance. Suited to underplanting in tropical gardens.
PLANTING: Plant in a shaded humid location with plenty of filtered light or indirect sunlight, above 10C. Alocasia plants thrive in free draining soil, check that pots have good drainage. A mix of good quality compost and horticultural sand or perlite is ideal.
CARE: Water regularly during the first 12 weeks or until the plant is established. Apply liquid fertiliser at half rate every 4 weeks for best results. Remove the old leaves for a quick tidy up. Regular light watering and a light spritz to improve humidity will keep them looking lush. Foliage may die back during the cooler months when plants become dormant. Avoid feeding and heavy watering again until plants develop new leaves. Repot during spring only if plants become rootbound, this is the ideal time to remove and repot any young shoots which have sprouted. Protect from cold.
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 1m H x 1m W.
YOUR PLANTS: These are tubestock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide. May be supplied as 'plugs', slightly smaller than our usual tubestock but with a healthy root system ready for planting or potting on. You can see an example in the image gallery
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