Alocasia Jacklyn or Alocasia Sulawesi is a unique and attractive houseplant that is recently discovered. This plant belongs to aroid family and its origin is Southeast Asia, mainly Indonesia. The major characteristics of this plant are its unique shape of the leaf with deep sections, vivid green foliage, and deep dark veins. Even though Alocasia Jacklyn is a rare houseplant, you can easily grow and take care of this plant at your home under suitable conditions.
|Common Name||Alocasia Jacklyn|
|Scientific Name||Alocasia Sulawesi, Alocasia Tandurusa|
|Plant Type||Perennial, Tuber|
|Identification||Vibrant green dark lobed arrow-shaped foliage|
|Height & Width||5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide|
|Sun Exposure||Bright indirect sunlight|
|Soil Type||Well-drained, Moist|
|Water||Not frequently, only if the top inch of soil is dry|
|Toxicity||Toxic to humans, and pets, such as cats, dogs, and horses,|
|Pests||Mealybugs, spider mites, scale|
|Diseases||Root rot due to excessive moisture in the soil|
Alocasia Jacklyn Care Guide
It’s easy to take care of Alocasia Jacklyn if you can main suitable conditions for the plant, including a humid and warm environment with indirect sunlight, temperatures from 65 to 80F, well-drained and moist soil, and watering only when the top layer of the soil is dry. Let’s have a close look at the care tips for Alocasia Jacklyn.
- Preparing Soil for Alocasia Jacklyn
Alocasia Jacklyn requires well-drained, moist, chunky soil for potting. You can either prepare your own soil by mixing chunky amendments, such as perlite, vermiculite, orchid bark, or coarse sand with soil or buy a ready-made aroid blend.
- Required Light for Alocasia Jacklyn
Like many other houseplants, Alocasia Jacklyn likes indirect sunlight, from medium to bright. Placing the plant under direct sunlight may result in burning the leaves. It would be ideal to place the plant near an east-facing window. If your room has a west or south-facing window, you should put the plant several feet away from the window.
- How to Water Alocasia Jacklyn
Excessive watering or lack of watering both are equally bad for any plant. The frequency of watering an Alocasia Jacklyn depends on the seasons and room conditions. For instance, you will have to water your plant more in summer than in winter as summer is the growing season for Alocasia Jacklyn. To determine whether your plant requires water or not, verify the moisture of the soil before watering. If you find the top 1-2 inches of soil is completely dried, you can only then water the plant.
- Desirable Temperature and Humidity for Alocasia Jacklyn
Being a tropical plant, Alocasia Jacklyn grows best in a warm environment with high humidity. To witness the fast growth of your plant, you should place it in a warm place at more than 55 degrees Fahrenheit temperature. The perfect temperature for Alocasia Jacklyn is 65-85-degree Fahrenheit.
- What Fertilizer Is Suitable for Alocasia Jacklyn
A balanced organic liquid fertilizer is suitable to feed Alocasia Jacklyn. You should only feed your plant once a month during summer and spring. Never fertilize your plant during winter or fall as the plant grows slowly in this period. As fertilizer can burn delicate roots, use fertilizer only after watering.
How to Repot Alocasia Jacklyn?
After a couple of years or more, your Alocasia Jacklyn will start to grow too big for its pot and then, you should repot your plant. Roots may also come out from the drainage hole at the container’s bottom.
When you find that the previous pot is not adequate for the plant, you should opt for a larger-sized pot and fill the new pot with fresh soil mix at a certain height (approximately, half of the pot height). Then, gently remove the plant from its old pot without heavily affecting its roots. Now, replant your Alocasia Jacklyn in the new pot and then put some extra soil mix to cover the roots and the bottom of the plant. Leave some space in your new pot for watering and using fertilizer. Once you are done with repotting, you should fill the rest space of the pot with water.
How to Propagate Alocasia Jacklyn?
Propagating Alocasia Jacklyn is a way to get multiple alocasia plants from a single alocasia by dividing clumps of rhizomes. The best time to propagate Alocasia Jacklyn is during the growing seasons, such as summer and spring. Things that you will require to propagate this plant are multiple small-sized pots, a sterilized knife or blade, and fresh soil mix.
- First of all, remove the plant gently from its old pot and investigate the condition of the root balls. Now, detect each section with multiple stems and roots.
- Cut away every healthy section of the rhizome by using your sterilized knife or blade. While dividing the rhizome into two or multiple sections, you must ensure that each section has sufficient stems and roots.
- Now, plant every section of the rhizomes in new pots and fill the pots with fresh soil. Then water the plants well.
- Place all the new plant pots in a warm and humid place under indirect sunlight. After a couple of months, new plants will start to grow.
Some Common Issues with Alocasia Jacklyn
While growing Alocasia Jacklyn, your plant will show some signs that it requires your attention. You should identify those signs and take quick action. Here are some common issues with Alocasia Jacklyn-
- Alocasia Jacklyn Dropping Leaves:
Dropping leaves indicates that there is a lack of food for your plant. To solve this problem, you should provide fertilizer to your plant or repot it with fresh soil. Some other reasons behind dropping leaves can be fluctuations in temperature, transplant shock, underwatering or overwatering, and the little amount of indirect light.
- Alocasia Jacklyn Leaves Turning Yellow:
The leaves of your Alocasia Jacklyn can also turn yellow. The major factor causing this issue is underwatering or overwatering. Therefore, before you water your plant, you should verify the moisture of the soil.
- Alocasia Jacklyn Leaves Turning Brown:
Brown leaves of your Alocasia Jacklyn are an indication of the plant’s dryness. It can also be occurred due to lack of sunlight or sunburn. Therefore, you should put your plant in a place where it gets enough indirect sunlight.
How to Handle Pests and Plant Diseases of Alocasia Jacklyn?
The health of your Alocasia Jacklyn can be affected by multiple houseplant pests, such as spider mites, mealybugs, and scale. To protect the health of your plant from pests, you should frequently investigate the leaves. If you find pests in the leaves, apply neem oil or insecticides on the leaves.
Even though Alocasia Jacklyn is not susceptible to any specific disease, root rot or bacterial issues can occur due to overwatering. Therefore, you should not unnecessarily water this plant.
Alocasia Jacklyn Toxicity
As Alocasia Jacklyn is toxic to humans, never consume this plant. You should also wear gloves while working with this plant. If you have pets, you should know that Alocasia Jacklyn is also toxic to your dogs and cats. Therefore, you should prevent your pets from consuming this plant. However, if your pet consumes any part of the plant, you should immediately contact a veterinarian.