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Variegated Alocasia 'Frydek’: The Complete Guide

Variegated Alocasia 'Frydek’: The Complete Guide

They’re all the rage and for good reason! With its unique foliage and tropical allure, the Variegated Alocasia Frydek adds a touch of the exotic to any collection for seasoned plant parent or beginner alike.

THE BASICS

WATER

We’ve found that unlike others in their species, these prefer to dry out close to completely between soaks in certain conditions. If you notice the leaves drooping or that the stems are light in color, try cutting back on watering frequency.

They can be sensitive to minerals in tap water - explore using distilled or rainwater to keep the foliage looking vibrant.

LIGHT

These Frydeks require bright, bright, indirect light ☀️ While lower lighting conditions may be tolerated, it may result in less variegation and slowed growth.

Shield them from intense, direct rays to keep the foliage safe.

HUMIDITY & TEMP

Embracing warmth and humidity mirrors their natural habitat. Mimic tropical conditions by placing Alocasias in a cozy, humid spot to promote lush foliage and overall health.

Did you know? Bulb species like Alocasias can go dormant in the winter because of temperature changes and lack of light. You can expect some foliage to fall away but it’ll return better than ever in the spring!

THE NITTY GRITTY

SOIL

A well-draining soil is best for Alocasias, allowing the roots to aerate and preventing soggy soil.

Opt for something with lots of chunky media - perlite, pine bark, and coco coir are essentials.

Try our signature, hand-blended soil: Dirt Bag!

FERTILIZING

A balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season will keep your Alocasia well-fed and helps sustain full, healthy growth!

From our team: Variegated Frydeks can be heavy feeders, consider fertilizing with each soak.

Incorporate our Arber Plant Food into your routine waterings to promote lush, bright foliage!

PESTS

Alocasias can be susceptible to spider mites and scale insects so be sure to inspect your collection frequently!

A preventative routine is best to keep infestations away - include Arber Insecticide during your weekly maintenance.

OTHER DEETS

PRUNING & PROPPING

Pruning your Alocasia will help control its shape and size while promoting new growth! Remove older, yellowing leaves to encourage more energy.

Alocasias can be propagated from “seeds” in the soil called corms! They are typically found in more mature plants but may pop up in younger ones.

Check out Propagation 101 for the how-to!