Alocasia Baginda - Dragon Scale
Looking like a scale from a dragon in a children's book, this plant is so different looking and uniquely stunning, The dark green scales on the top of the leathery leaf contrast deeply with the pale underside.
Light: This is a species found under a canopy of growth, accordingly bright sunlight will damage the beautiful leaves. A bright spot with indirect sunlight is perfect.
Water: Allow top layer of soil to dry between watering's, preferably sit the plant in water and allow it to drink to avoid getting the leaves wet. Always allow for drainage before replacing, sitting in water will damage the roots.
Temperature: Room temperature is ideal, away from fluctuations caused by draughts and heat sources.
Humidity: As with the rest of the Alocasia family high humidity is favourable, humidifiers, pebble trays and grouping such plants together will help them thrive in the dry air of our homes.
Feed: A dilute liquid feed monthly during the warmer growing months is preferred. Never feed in the dormant colder months.
Care tips: Ensure leaves stay dust free by wiping with a clean damp cloth. This plant needs to be kept away from small hands and paws due to its toxicity if ingested. Newer leaves will develop a deeper colour and the dragon scale look this plant is known for as they mature, all new leaves will begin growing a lighter green colour without the characteristic pattern.
Height & Growth rate: Not a particularly fast-growing plant but can reach a height of 3ft
Origin: Southeast Asia.