Alocasia portei

    The Guide to Caring For Your:
    Alocasia portei

    Alocasia Portei, also known as the African Mask Plant, is a tropical perennial native to Southeast Asia. It is known for its large, glossy leaves that have a unique shape and striking appearance. The leaves can grow up to 2 feet long and are usually dark green with light green or white veins. The plant can grow up to 6 feet tall in ideal conditions.

    Your image description here
    "Did you know that the Alocasia Portei plant is also known as the "African Mask Plant" due to its unique leaf shape that resembles tribal masks from Africa?"

    Your image description here


    Alocasia Portei requires moist soil at all times but does not tolerate being waterlogged. It's important to let the top inch of soil dry out between watering. Water the plant thoroughly, and then allow the excess water to drain away to prevent root rot. It's also important to note that Alocasia Portei is sensitive to fluoride and other minerals in tap water, so it's best to use filtered or distilled water.


    Alocasia Portei requires bright, indirect light to thrive. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, but it's best to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight as this can cause leaf burn. If the plant is not receiving enough light, the leaves will become smaller and less vibrant.


    Alocasia Portei is native to a tropical climate and therefore requires high humidity to thrive. Humidity levels between 50-70% are ideal. If the air in your home is too dry, you can increase humidity levels by misting the plant regularly or by placing a tray of water near the plant.


    Alocasia Portei benefits from regular fertilizing. It's best to fertilize once a month using a balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season and every other month during the dormant season. It's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions for dilution and application.

    Pests & Deficiencies:

    Alocasia Portei is relatively resistant to pests, but it can be susceptible to spider mites and mealybugs. Regularly inspecting the plant and wiping down the leaves can help prevent infestations. Deficiencies in nutrients, such as iron, can cause yellowing leaves, stunted growth, and other issues. If you suspect a nutrient deficiency, a soil test and a visit to a specialist can help diagnose and resolve the issue.


    : Alocasia Portei can be propagated by division or by stem cuttings. To propagate by division, simply remove the plant from its pot, divide it into smaller sections, and replant each section in a separate pot with fresh soil. To propagate by stem cuttings, cut a stem section with a few leaves and rooting hormone, and plant it in a pot filled with moist soil or water. Keep the cutting in a warm, bright, but not direct, light and mist regularly until roots have formed and new growth appears.

    In conclusion, Alocasia Portei is a beautiful and striking plant that requires consistent care to thrive. By providing bright, indirect light, high humidity, regular watering, and fertilizing, you can ensure that your African Mask Plant stays healthy and flourishing.

    Back to blog
    1 of 4