Alocasia Wentii’s glossy green leaves have its family’s classic broad shape and feature a slightly ruffled texture and purple-hued undersides. The stunning color beneath the leaves is an adaptation to the mottled light of its native Asian rainforest floor.
The plant grows briskly in good conditions and grows to about three feet high and wide; its broad leaves can reach over a foot in length. The warmth-loving Wentii can remain evergreen but goes dormant in cool weather. It makes an excellent houseplant and is also a suitable outdoor landscape plant in warm, humid climates.
Small: 3.5-4 inch standard nursery pot.
Needs mainly bright, indirect light, but can tolerate a little direct sunlight in the late afternoon or early morning. Consider using a grow light in winter to prevent dormancy.
Maintain lightly moist conditions. Water thoroughly once the top inch of soil feels dry. Make sure to let your plant drain well after watering. Very prone to root rot if overwatered, but cannot tolerate dry soil.
Plant Specific Care
A specialist Aroid mix is the best option. This is the one I use. It contains coconut coir, LECA, perlite, charcoal, bark chips, and worm castings. Alternatively, equal parts of cactus mix and a standard houseplant potting mix will do OK.
Tolerates temperatures of 55ºF (13ºC) to 86ºF (30ºC). Cooler conditions will trigger dormancy, and the plant starts to suffer above 95ºF (35ºC).
High humidity is important for good Alocasia Wentii care. >60% is strongly recommended, but it may tolerate as low as 40% in some circumstances. Watch out for brown leaf edges and tips as warning signs of low humidity.