Deets: The Alocasia Wentii, commonly known as ‘Hardy Elephant Ears,’ is an excellent houseplant choice due to numerous reasons. However, the foremost reason is its unique green and purple foliage.
The beautiful Alocasia Wentii has average plant needs. It thrives in bright, filtered sunlight and enjoys being watered weekly. Like most plants, it is sensitive to under and overwatering and likes to be watered only when its soil is slightly dry. Furthermore, it is a heavy-feeder and can reach a height of 2 feet when given the right care.
The exotic Wentii plant species has arrowhead-shaped leaves that are large and have a unique color combination. The topsides are a deep shade of green while the undersides are colored a metallic bronzy purple. Its exceptional foliage makes it a top favorite of several houseplant owners.
An interesting fact about the Alocasia Wentii is that it is an artificial crossbreed between Alocasia Odora and Alocasia Gageana. It is extensively grown in South-east Asia and is widely known for its ornamental appearance.
Watering: This attractive beauty has regular watering needs. For the healthy development of the Alocasia Wentii, it is necessary to establish a good balance between under and overwatering.
To keep your Alocasia Wentii happy and healthy, water it moderately. I suggest you wait for your Alocasia Wentii plant’s soil top 1 to 2 inches to dry out before you water it. This will minimize the possibility of the plant catching any fungal infections. Water the plant evenly so that the moisture reaches all parts
During the growing seasons of summer and spring, watering once or twice a week is optimal. However, your plant’s watering needs may change during the winter season when the plant is not actively growing or dormant.
In the winters, watering once a week is adequate. Alternatively, you can let the Alocasia Wentii plant’s soil be your guide and water accordingly.
Like all other plants, Alocasias are sensitive to under- and overwatering. Therefore, when any of the two conditions occur, they may wilt or simply die. Fungal infections can be present as root-rot or discolored or yellow leaves.
The easy prevention for all these problems is need-based watering. Water only when needed. I recommend you use chlorine-free water for minimizing the possibility of toxicity. It will also generally help the plant grow better.
Light: The Alocasia Wentii plant’s lighting needs are no different than its fellow species. It requires bright dappled sunlight. Also, it is best to keep the Wentii plant away from direct scorching sun rays.
Place your Alocasia Wentii plant in a spot where indirect, filtered light hits it. I suggest you place your Wentii plant next to a window with filtered light. Generally, south-west facing windows offer the perfect light for such plants. As an alternate option, you can also hang it from a basket just inside your balcony door.
If there is no such spot in the house, do not worry. You can also use artificial growing lights for your beautiful Alocasia Wentii plant.
Please keep in mind that the Alocasia Wentii plant’s leaves’undersides are mostly purple. Thus, they have a low tolerance to sunlight.
Insufficient light will lead to stunted growth. On the other hand, excessive direct sunlight will lead to scorching leaves. Therefore, please ensure you keep your Alocasia Wendii in the right lighting conditions.
Temperature: The tropical Alocasia Wentii thrives in mild to moderate temperatures. Fortunately, it is not too temperature sensitive and can tolerate a considerable range of temperatures.
The Wentii plant’s ideal temperature range during the day is 50 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 30 degrees Celsius). At night, it prefers temperatures ranging from 54 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit (12 to 17 degrees Celsius). The maximum temperature tolerable is 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius).
Luckily, typical households fall within this range of temperatures. This makes the Alocasia Wentii an excellent houseplant choice. One suggestion for a happy Wentii plant is to keep it away from direct drafts of wind from open windows, air conditioners, or heaters.
Repotting: The Alocasia Wentii has beautiful and lush foliage. Potting it in fancy containers and decorative baskets can further add to its charm. Luckily, the Wentii plant does not require repotting often.
Surprisingly, Alocasias like to be root-bound. Therefore, you do not need to repot it every few months. I recommend you repot your Wentii plant after a year.
The new pot does not necessarily have to be very big as it may loosen the roots too much and affect the Wentii plant’s growth adversely. It is best to choose a container that just fits its roots.
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