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Alocasia Melo



The heavily textured deep greenish-blue and jade leaves of the Alocasia ‘Melo (Alocasia rugosa) are hard to find in the U.S., and it’s a favorite of our foliage director, Michelle. Thanks to her efforts, Cultured is excited to add this rare Jewel Orchid to our offerings! Its thick leaves are the most rugged of any Jewel Alocasia, and its native to Sabah, Borneo. This plant needs bright indirect light to maintain its dark color, but keep out of direct sun. Water moderately whenever the top 2 inches of the soil becomes dry. Don’t aim to soak the soil in water, because the Alocasia Melo doesn’t enjoy its roots sitting in soggy soil. With the right light and watering habits, Melo will reach 1-2 feet in height and put off large, bushy leaves.

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Photos are for reference only. You will be shipped a plant of the same quality. Ceramic pot not included.

Plants are shipped Mondays and Wednesdays to minimize transit delays that can occur closer to the weekend. Orders placed Thursday through Sunday will ship Monday. Orders placed Monday or Tuesday will ship Wednesday.

Care Tips for Alocasia Melo

Toxic if consumed. Keep out of reach of pets and small children.

Soil: Cultured Sustainable Aroid Soil for Tropical Plants

Light: Bright, indirect light. Approximately 650-850 foot candles. Plants can take higher light levels as they mature.

Water: The soil should be allowed to dry slightly between watering. On a scale of 1-5 moisture levels should remain as close to a 3 as possible.

Humidity: Medium to high. Keep above 40%, with 70-80% humidity being ideal. If you live in an area with low humidity, add a humidity tray or mist several times a week.

Temperature: Plants grow best in temperatures from 70°- 85° Fahrenheit range. During the cooler months when the temperatures fall below 65°F the plants will grow more slowly, and fertilization rates should be reduced.

Fertilizer: Use a dilution of 20-10-20 or 20-20-20 applied every other watering. Higher fertilizer levels may attract pests.


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