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Alocasia Cucullata ‘Buddha's Hand’
Alocasia Cucullata ‘Buddha's Hand’
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Alocasia Cucullata ‘Buddha's Hand’

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Pot size (diameter): 19 cm, Approx Height: 70 cm.

An easy care statement plant that is sure to bring jungle vibes to any room.

The Alocasia Cucullata’s leaves are known for their distinctive heart shape with a prominent pointed tip. These leaves are what gives the Cucullata its many nicknames: Hooded Dwarf Elephant Ear, Dwarf's Hood Elephant Ear, Buddha's Hand and Spear Queen. 

Its luscious green leaves grow off long green stems which thicken to form trunks as they grows more mature. Originally discovered growing around Buddhist temples in Asia, which earned this Alocasia the nickname ‘Buddha’s Hand’, they are said to bring good fortune and are grown as a good luck charm. At their maximum height they can reach approximately 1.2 metres.

Young plant leaves point upwards, but as they age and grow larger and heavier they will hang lower. It is common for Alocasia to discard an old leaf after growing a new one.

Care:

Light: Bright, indirect light will produce the best size and colouration on the leaves, however direct light will burn the leaves and cause brown, crispy tips. Does not mind partial shade, but ensure the plant gets some light.

Water: Keep the plant moist but not soaking, for best results a small amount of water often. During winter reduce watering considerably. For best results water from underneath with the use of a saucer to reduce the chance of root rot. Reduce watering during winter months. 

When you give an Alocasia too much water it will perspire the water from the tips of the leaves, you should follow this as a sign to water less.

Food: Feed once a month during growing season, if available a slow release food works best to not over power the soil.

Humidity: A high humidity is essential in maintaining this plant’s dramatic appearance. A decreased humidity will produce brown, crispy leaves and reduced growth. The Alocasia will appreciate a regular misting

Care tip: It is common for Alocasia to discard an old leaf after growing a new one. During the colder months your Alocasia could lose several of it's leaves or even go dormant - don't panic! It will grow back bigger and stronger in the Spring.

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