The ‘Yucatan Princess’ is a darker form of Sarawakensis with large, glossy, patent leather-like green leaves and maroon undersides and stems. She a classy girl who doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight with others!
Native to tropical Southeast Asia.
Positioning + Light Needs
I love the sun, so need a lot of bright, natural light but do avoid harsh direct sunshine on my leaves as they may burn. Ouch!
Water fairly frequently with warm, filtered or rain water during the Spring and Summer months to keep the soil moist and rotate the plant 90º when you do to help ALL the Princess feel the sun! Do not allow the soil to dry out! Little and often is a good approach, as its also important never to over water. Only needs monthly watering during Winter months.
Yes yes yes! I enjoy high humidity so mist me every few days with filtered or rain water, also in the Winter months when the heating kicks in. If you have a room humidifier, all the better.
Fertilise the plant every two weeks to give it the energy it needs to keep growing so quickly during Spring and Summer.
Every 18 months to 2yrs should be fine.
Child / Pet Friendly
No, all parts toxic.
I am indeed.
Look out for
Browning, dry leaves: possibly hard water is the problem or humidity is too low. N.B. Alocasia have a dormant period in Winter where leaves will fade and some die, so don't be alarmed if this happens. During this period, the plants will require less water, so simply moisten the soil from time to time.