Velvet lovers pay attention: playful weirdo a.k.a. Alocasia Micholitziana Frydek is a hot interior design object contemporary with its velvety leaves. And the beauty is, they are available to flower & plant shops around the world!
Alocasia Frydek a.k.a. Alocasia Micholitziana
The striking leaves of Alocasia plants can easily become the centerpiece of your living decor. Originating in subtropical Asia and eastern Australia, there are many varieties of Alocasia, from exotic types with striking color patterns and variation to classically refined and elegant ones. Alocasia comes in a wide variety of colors from almost black to chartreuse to pale green. Alocasia Micholitziana ‘Frydek’ is a rare, glamorous specimen with an elegant touch. The soft velvet leaf texture is complemented by the iconic arrowhead shape. What makes this alocasia unique are the sharp, white veins that dissect the deep green leaves. This is a must-have for all flower & plant shops as these plants are one of the most trending plants of today. This plant has dark green to black leaves with prominent lateral veins that are a bright white. The leaves can grow up to 18-inches long. Who wouldn't like to have one?
Alocasia Micholitziana Frydek plants are much sought after, and when it comes to the top favorite list of plant lovers, they always are at the top of those lists. So definitely one to always have on stock. But they require a proper caring routine. Don't forget to tell your customers that depending on the place they like to give, this care can be from very easy to do in tropical countries, to having to do a little bit more work than your average houseplant in most western countries. But, whether you grow this plant indoors or outdoors, in a container or near a pond it always gives a lush tropical effect.
Favorable Growing Conditions for Alocasia Frydek
As stated earlier, this plant is an Asian and Australian plant, so this plant acquires warm temperatures and high humidity conditions. The tropical houseplant leaves need plenty of indirect sunlight to keep their vibrant green and white colors. The point of attention is to keep them away from pets, as they are quite poisonous.
How to Water Your Green Velvet Alocasia
For keeping this plant happy indoors you have to do some work if you want them in good health. Meaning, giving the plant a lot of water, and watering it only as often as the top 0.5” (1 cm) of soil dries. Apply enough water regularly to hydrate the roots. For healthy alocasia growth, it’s crucial never to let the potting mix become dry or too damp. During the alocasias dormancy in winter, you should cut back on watering. Because alocasia plants stop growing for a few months, you risk water-logging the soil if you overwater it. Alocasia sitting in soggy soil along with cooler temperatures is at risk of dying. Top care tip for your customers who purchase and want to grow Alocasia Frydek: Check the soil every few days to see if the plant needs watering. Let soil dryness be your guide rather than watering on a set schedule.
Temperature Range for Growing Your Alocasia Micholitziana Frydek
Similar to their native tropical forest habitat, Alocasia Frydek thrives in warm temperatures. Keep indoor temperatures even between 65°F and 85°F (18°C – 29°C). Keep out of cold drafts and away from hot air vents to prevent stressing the Green Velvet plant. Alocasia growth stops in temperatures below 60°F (15°C).
Despite the Green Velvet Alocasia being a tropical plant, average room temperatures are adequate. The main thing when growing alocasias indoors is to avoid temperature extremes. Be careful where you grow the plant inside during winter or summer. Being too close to heating or cooling systems can stress the plant and inhibit growth.
What Are the Humidity Requirements for Your Alocasia Frydek?
Green Velvet Alocasias thrive in high humidity between 50 and 60 percent. This is much more humid than your every house. To keep humidity levels high enough indoors, mist the arrow-shaped leaves every day if possible with water with low calcium. Humidity helps prevent the leaves from turning brown. Alocasia Frydek, like every Alocasia, also needs adequate humidity because dry conditions can attract spider mites.
Availability for Florists?
The Alocasia Frydek is available at many different online webshops. And also easy access to the trade.
These tropical Alocasia plants add charm to the surrounding, so even if your customers are struggling with their care routine, tell them to not give up on them too early. Enough light, the right amount of humidity, and frequent watering will make Alocasia Frydek look wonderful. These plants can add a lot to the surrounding beauty whether it is at home or at the office, but make sure you tell your customers to handle them with care and also never forget that they are poisonous to cats and dogs.
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