Alocasia reginula aka Alocasia Black Velvet
Updated: Aug 13, 2019
Relatively small Alocasia with almost black, heart-shaped leaves look like velvet which have silver-white veins. The Alocasia reginula (little queen) grows around 30-40 centimetres high. Originally found in Malaysia and Borneo. Can be kept as a houseplant or terrarium plant. The Alocasia reginula is slow growing.
Place it in a bright spot where it won’t be burned by full sun. A north or east-facing window is ideal.
Keep this alocasia between 15 and 30 ˚C in a protected spot as it is wind sensitive.
Thoroughly water the soil, but allow it to dry before re-watering. It needs less water than other types of Alocasia and requires relatively high humidity, but don’t spray water on the leaves. Never let the plant sit in standing water.
Fertilise lightly during the growing season and not at all during winter.
Plant it in a well-draining potting media and don’t rush with repotting because it likes to be slightly potbound. Re-pot it after two years.
This plant grows from bulbs
All of the Alocasias are toxic. Keep away from children and pets.