Alocasia nycteris

    Alocasia nycteris

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    Alocasia nycteris

    Alocasia Nycteris, also known as the Black Velvet Elephant Ear, is a species of flowering plant native to Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its dark, velvety leaves with contrasting bright green veins and stems. The leaves grow up to 1-2 feet long and are held on tall stems.

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    "Did you know that the Alocasia Nycteris is also known as the Black Velvet Elephant Ear, due to the dark, velvety texture of its leaves that resemble the ear of an elephant?"

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    Alocasia Nycteris requires consistent moisture, but it is important not to overwater. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering. Water the plant thoroughly, making sure to soak the soil completely. Be sure to empty any water that collects in the saucer beneath the pot to prevent root rot.


    Alocasia Nycteris prefers bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sun exposure, as this can scorch the leaves. If the leaves begin to yellow, this may be a sign that the plant is getting too much light.


    This plant prefers high humidity levels. Mist the leaves regularly or place a humidifier nearby to increase humidity levels. You can also place the pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water to increase the humidity around the plant.


    Feed Alocasia Nycteris every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Dilute the fertilizer to half strength and apply it to the soil.

    Pests & Deficiencies:

    Alocasia Nycteris can be susceptible to common houseplant pests such as spider mites and mealybugs. Yellowing leaves can indicate a lack of nutrients, such as iron or magnesium. Check the soil pH and adjust if necessary.


    : Propagation of Alocasia Nycteris can be done through division of the root ball or by stem cuttings. For stem cuttings, take a 6-inch cutting of the stem and remove the lower leaves. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone and plant in a pot filled with moist soil. Keep the soil moist and provide bright, indirect light until roots have formed and new growth appears.
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