Mention Alocasia and I immediately think about their distinctive heart-shaped leaves. Some people liken their form to arrows and even shields. This popular, tropical plant is September’s Houseplant of the Month and to celebrate, a beautiful display has been installed at West Elm’s flagship store in London by Ian Drummond, author of At Home with Plants.
Two popular varieties are Alocasia sanderiana and Alocasia amazonica. Alocasia sanderiana, commonly known as the Kris Plant, has metallic green leaves with scalloped edges, whilst Alocasia amazonica, also known as Elephant’s Ear, has darker leaves, contrasting sharply with bold white veins, as shown above.
Care-wise, Alocasia prefer a warm environment. In the summer, it’s best to keep them in semi-shade and then bright light in the winter. Keep the compost moist at all times and only water very sparingly in the winter. They love to have their leaves misted.
Alocasia plants will be on display in West Elm‘s London store in Tottenham Court Road for the whole of September. And every month until December, thejoyofplants.co.uk will introduce a new houseplant to West Elm’s customers. October will host a selection of ‘Pure Green’ plants with air-purifying qualities. In November, Cyclamen will be put on a pedestal and in December, the festive Amaryllis will be taking centre stage. So, do pop in if you’re on the look-out for some new houseplants to brighten up your home!
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Flower Council of Holland. All the words are my own.
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