The Alocasia ‘Black Velvet’ (Alocasia reginula) is a popular miniature jewel alocasia with characteristic dark foliage and a compact growth habit. It is native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia and is a member of the Araceae family. This plant has lanceolate leaves that are dark green in color with black veins. The undersides of the leaves are purple. The plant produces small white flowers that bloom in the summer. The Alocasia Reginula ‘Black Velvet’ is an easy-to-care-for plant that does well in partial shade and moist soils.
This plant is perfect for adding a touch of drama to any indoor setting, this robust little plant is easy to care for and maintain. You can look for more information about this plant by clicking read more.
Such a relief plant where you may feel relaxed. This plant is great to be paired with Alocasia Amazonica ‘Bambino’.
- Sun: Alocasia Black Velvet prefers indirect, bright light, but can tolerate moderately lower levels of light. If you’re unsure of your light levels, typically placing this plant near a northern or eastern-facing window will be perfect. Just make sure to keep this velvety houseplant out of direct sunlight as leaf burns can occur.
- Water: Like other Alocasia, the Black Velvet will appreciate a moderate watering schedule. So you’ll specifically water once the top half-inch of soil has dried. This plant will not tolerate overwatering— so when you’re unsure, less water is best, as too much water or any standing water can lead to irreversible root damage. On the other hand, if you notice crispy leaf tips, that could be a sign of too little water or humidity.
- Fertilizer: During spring and summer, the Alocasia Black Velvet will benefit from fertilizing once monthly. This plant isn’t a heavy feeder, so we recommend giving a diluted dose of any basic houseplant fertilizer (dilute or cut back to at least half the recommended amount). Again, too much isn’t a good thing and can cause other issues. And once fall approaches, you’ll want to stop supplementing with fertilizer as many houseplants, including the Black Velvet, will enter a semi-dormant stage. You’ll discontinue fertilizer (and any other stressful event that requires the plant to work) through the winter.
- Pests: This houseplant is quite resistant to pests, but some home environments do have issues with Alocasia and spider mites. Always check regularly for pests, and eradicate them as soon as possible.