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The Indestructible Alocasia Polly Plant

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Alocasia Polly

The alocasia polly plant is a beautiful and sturdy plant that can be grown in many different climates. Alocasia polly plants are also said to bring good luck! But it’s not always easy to grow alocasia polly plants, they require plenty of love and attention. In this article, we’ll cover the basics on alocasia polly care so that you can provide your alocasia Polly with what it needs to stay healthy!

What is Alocasia Polly Plant?

Alocasia polly plants are a member of the aloe family and can grow up to four feet tall. There is an ongoing debate as to whether they originate from Africa or Asia, but there doesn’t seem to be much evidence that alocasia originated in Africa since it was only introduced by Europeans when aloes were taken back in the late 18th century.

It is a succulent plant, which means it stores water inside its leaves and stems for use during dry periods. Alocasia polly can be identified by their long strap like leaves with spades at the edge of each leaf or aloe leave shape to where they are oval shaped at the end. They have a thick stem that is covered in waxy leaves which are often reddish purple to dark green and alocasia polly plants produce yellow flowers at the top of their stems during summer months from May through October.

Alocasia polly plants are sometimes confused with aloe vera because aloes are the most similar looking plant to alocasia, but they have different leaves and aloevera don’t flower. Alocasia amazonica flower smells like rotting eggs, so if you grow one make sure it is in a place where the smell doesn’t bother you.

Alocasia polly plants are an invasive species in parts of Florida and they can cause problems because aloes hold heavy metals which only make alocasia more dangerous to humans when ingested.

Alocasia plants are hard to kill because they don’t really die during the winter like other plants and aloevera can be killed by frost or cold; alocasia will survive in colder climates than aloes and it requires less sunlight than aloes.

Origins of Alocasia Polly Plant

In the past alocasia polly, or alocasia plant, was most often grown in Asian countries. The origins of alocasia plants are not fully understood but some general assumptions have been made. One such assumption is that it came from Africa and another theory states its origin can be traced back to China where people used this type of alocasia plant in their gardens.

The alocasia polly plants were originally used for a variety of things including cooking, medicinal purposes and animal feed. The alocasia polly was also grown as an ornamental which is what most people know them by today.

The alocasia polly plant is a very sturdy, hard to kill houseplant. The alocasia polly can grow outside in tropical climates year round and as an indoor houseplant all the time if needed.

Alocasia plants are in the same family as aloe vera and they can be grown indoors or outdoors on a porch, patio, balcony, terrace or garden bed. They require little to no water during dry periods which is why they do well when grown indoors because you don’t need to water alocasia plants as often.

The big difference between aloevera and alocasia is that aloes are medicinal while alocasia polly plant isn’t, but there may be other possible uses in the future for alocasia because it is an invasive species which means they have a higher chance of being used in a medicinal way. The leaves of aloe vera is said to heal from burns while alocasia polly leaves contain aloes which can cause serious damage to humans when ingested. Aloe vera plants produce aloes which is what gives aloevera its healing qualities, alocasia polly doesn’t contain aloes so it can only be grown as an ornamental plant or decoration.

Alocasia Polly Plant Care Guide

The alocasia polly plant, or the “lucky bamboo” as it is sometimes called, can be a great addition to any household. But with that comes responsibility and care! Follow this alocasia polly plant care guide for all your alocasia needs.


When growing alocasia polly in pots, the soil should be loose and well-draining. The potting mixture should contain a good amount of sand to provide drainage while still retaining enough nutrients for plant growth. A popular choice is 50% peat moss or coir mixed with equal parts perlite or vermiculite.

However, alocasia polly can be grown in pots without soil as well– it will thrive on water and nutrient-rich fertilizer alone! If growing alocasia polly this way, make sure to give the roots air by placing them on top of a pebble tray or other container that lets light reach all the way to the root zone.

Alocasia polly light

Alocasia Polly The alocasia polly plant is most often grown as a houseplant. As such, it doesn’t need much light to thrive. A south-facing window will provide enough natural sunlight for the alocasia polly plant; you might even want to use grow lights if there isn’t an adequate amount of daylight in your home.

Alocasia polly plant needs a minimum of 16 hours of light per day, and at least five or six hours in direct sunlight each day to thrive. Alocasia polly plants should be placed near window so that they can get an adequate amount of natural daylight

Alternatively, for alocasia polly plants to maintain a healthy green color, they should be placed in an area with indirect light for approximately 12 hours. Alocasia polly plant can live without direct sunlight. However, it may turn yellow or brown if it doesn’t get enough natural daylight


Alocasia Polly Plants are loved for their striking leaves that can resemble aloe vera. Like most houseplants, alocasia pollys need to be watered appropriately and they should sit in a well-draining potting soil with plenty of drainage holes. If you want your alocasia plant to grow to its fullest potential, it’s important to know how to properly water alocasia plants.

Watering alocasia pollys is less complicated than you might think because they are deciduous plants and only require watering twice a week at most in the winter season. In other seasons, alocasia polly need more frequent watering, but they still don’t need to be watered daily.

The alocasia pollys will tell you when it needs watering by wilting and drooping their leaves in a way that indicates they are thirsty. Check the soil before deciding whether your alocasia plant is thirsty or not because one of the reasons alocasia plants wilt is because the soil has become too dry.

The alocasia plant should have a layer of garden mulch around its pot to help retain water and keep it from drying out. Avoid watering your alocasia pollys in the evening or at night because this will cause them to wilt and droop more than necessary, which will lead to fungal problems.

Alocasia plants should be watered at least once a day in the warmer months. If you’re watering alocasia polly less than twice per week during its dormancy period and it’s wilting, try increasing your waterings by one per week.


The alocasia Polly plant is a tough one that can withstand both hot and cold weather, but it grows best when the temperature ranges between 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit. If you live in an area with extremely hot or cold climates, alocasia plants may grow better if they are protected from the elements. Even with protection alocasia plants don’t need to be babied or pampered in any way, though they do best when given proper care and attention.


Alocasia polly plants need to be in a humid environment. Indoor alocasia pollys should have humidity at around 80%. The easiest way to do this is by keeping the alocasia plant near a steam shower or bathroom with steam coming out of it.

If there are no bathrooms nearby, you can keep an alocasia near a water dish like the aloe plant. The aloe plant likes to be in high humidity as well and it does not need light, which is important for alocasia plants because they are used to being outdoors where there is more sunlight.

If you have an outdoor alocasia polly that has been indoors for too long, you can put it in the bathroom for a while to help with adjusting back to its natural environment.If alocasia polly plants are outside and not near water or high humidity, then alocasias will need misting every day. When watering alocasia pollys make sure they do not get left in water and that the alocasia plant is near a humid environment.


Alocasia plants do not need fertilizer often, but it should be given every once in awhile for healthy alocasias. Fertilizer will help with growth of aloe leaves by providing them more nutrients from fertilizers like calcium or potassium nitrate.

It is recommended to give aloe plants fertilizer once a month. The alocasia polly plant should be fertilized every other week or monthly at most, because over-fertilizing alocasias can lead to an increase in the production of foliar nitrogen and growth of leaves without enough carbon assimilation from photosynthesis, which will result in aloe leaves that are yellow-green or brown.


Alocasia polly plants have not been tested or studied for toxicity and so should never be eaten. The aloe sap from within the alocasia polly leaves is not poisonous, but can cause irritation to sensitive skin. If aloe juice gets into your eye, rinse with water as soon as possible and don’t use it on open wounds or areas of light sensitivity. Alocasia plants are not for consumption by humans, so alocasia polly plants should never be eaten.


Alocasia plants are unique in that they can be grown to grow upwards as well as outwards. You can cut alocasia leaves off at any time, and the plant will continue growing from there. For this reason alocasias are rarely pruned except for aesthetic reasons or if a branch has become damaged.

Pruning alocasia plants should be done very carefully to avoid cutting the roots. Always use a sharp, clean blade and cut at an angle against the leaf’s natural growth direction. Make sure there is enough of a space between cuts so that you do not accidentally sever any major roots.

After you’ve cut alocasia plant leaves, it is important to clean the blade immediately with warm water and liquid soap or rubbing alcohol before continuing so that any possible infection does not spread through the rest of your plants.


Alocasia polly is a perennial plant, so it can be propagated by dividing the alocasia’s root system. It may also produce offsets that will form rooted plants on their own.

The easiest way to propagate alocasia polly from cuttings is with leaf-tip or stem sections of alocasia that are at least three inches long.

  • First, remove the alocasia’s leaves and trim off any brown or damaged edges from the alocasia polly leaf tips or stem sections
  • Fill a pot with moist soil mixture (a combination of two parts peat moss and one part perlite)
  • Insert an alocasia polly leaf tip or stem section into the potting mixture
  • Gently pat down around alocasia and water well. Keep moist until a new root system forms, which can take up to six weeks.

If alocasia is in full bloom its best not to propagate by dividing the alocasia’s roots. Alocasia polly plants may be propagated by alocasia offsets. The alocasia offset is a small plant that develops from the alocasia’s rhizome and can grow into an alocasia plant.

  • To propagate, trim off leaves on the alocaisa offset until it reaches at least three inches in height
  • Remove alocasia offset from alocasia pot and trim off any brown or damaged edges. Place alocaisa offset in a small pot with moist soil mixture (a combination of two parts peat moss, one part perlite)
  • Gently pat down around alocasia to remove air pockets and water well until alocasia offset is well rooted.
  • Cut alocaisa offsets will root themselves and grow into alocasia plants if they have enough space to do so, but may take up to three years or more.


If the alocasia is in too small of a container and you want to repot it, make sure that you use an unglazed clay or terra cotta pot without any drain holes (these pots are porous and allow alocasias to drink through their roots).

Use a pot that is just large enough for the plant with about an inch of room on all sides. Fill it with soil and water thoroughly before placing the alocasia in, taking care not to damage the leaves or disturb any root hairs during this process. The top layer of soil should be about an inch deep.

If alocasia is allowed to grow too tall, you may need to trim it back a bit to make sure the plant has enough room for its roots in the pot. Maintain them by cutting them back with clean shears every few months during their growing

Plant Disease

One alocasia plant disease is root rot, which happens when the roots of alocasia polly plants are not receiving enough air or water. Another alocasia polly plant problem is leaf spot and this can be caused by overwatering the alocasia polly plant as well as providing too much humidity in the alocasia polly plant pot.

The alocasia polly can also suffer from a fungal leaf spot, which is easily identifiable because the leaves will have brown spots on them that are shaped like rings. This alocasia plant disease cannot be cured but it can be prevented by making sure to water your alocasia plants only when its soil is dry and by providing a lot of air circulation around alocasia polly plants.

Since alocasia are so easy to maintain, it’s only natural that alocasia plant problems can be solved quickly. The alacasia pollen which causes leaf spot cannot live in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so if you live in a place that gets cold alocasia polly plants can be moved inside for the winter.

Alocasia Polly Plant Variegated

The alocasia polly plant variegated, also known as alocasia variegata or alocasia amazonica, is a beautiful type of indoor houseplant that can be grown in most parts of the world. The variegated alocasia polly plant thrives when it’s given plenty of sun and water on a regular basis. The leaves of this plant can range from deep green and waxy-looking to light or variegated in color (hence the name alocasia polly). The alocasia is a very hardy plant, and it can grow in almost any type of soil or light condition.

Differences Between Alocasia x Amazonica

Alocasia plant is a type of tropical, evergreen perennial that’s often grown indoors. Types of alocasia plants are the alocasia polly and alocasia amazonica.

Alocasia amazonica polly is a dark green color all year round, alocasia polly will turn brownish in the winter months. The alocasia amazonica also has more dramatic leaves than alocasia Polly, and amazonica will grow larger than alocasia polly.

Alocasia amazonica is not as hard to take care of because the leaves are so big, they trap more dirt and water. The plant needs less attention overall because it naturally does a better job at staying clean than alocasia polly.

Alocasia amazonica is a lot less sensitive to the environment, meaning it can survive in high or low humidity. The alocasia polly will die if too dry for an extended period of time.

Alocasia Amazonica needs more light than alacasia polly. Alatasi alocasia Polly is happy with about 50% shade, Amazonicas will need 20-30%.

Alocasia Pollys and alaolca Amazonicas can be easy to care for if the gardener is aware of the differences in alocasia Polly and Amazonicas. The alocasia polly plant can be a unique indoor tropical addition to any household, if maintained properly.

Amazonicas do not need as much light than alocasia Polly because their leaves are bigger which helps them stay cleaner. alocasia polly needs more light in order to keep the leaves green and healthy

Amazonicas are not as sensitive to humidity levels, alocasia Polly is very delicate because it’s smaller so it can dry out faster than amazonicas.

Alocasia amazonica care is a lot easier than alocasia polly because they dont wilt as easily and the leaves are bigger, trapping more dirt and water.

Common Issues with Alocasia Polly Plant

One of the most common alocasia polly plant problems is root rot. This primarily happens because alocasia plants are heavy feeders, meaning they need a lot of nutrients and water to survive. If you forget to fertilize your alocasia or don’t keep them watered enough then their roots can deteriorate and lead to alocasia polly plant death.

Another common alocasia polly problem is a lack of light in the house. Alocasia plants need at least six hours of sunlight per day, ideally eight or more, to produce all their nutrients and stay healthy. They also require high humidity so make sure your aloe vera has enough water.

Alocasia plants also can be sensitive to temperature swings or drafts, so make sure your aloe vera is in a room where it’s not too hot and doesn’t get drafty.

Tips for Keeping Alocasia Polly Happy

Alocasia Polly plants are low maintenance plants, but they do require a certain amount care. Here are some tips!

  • Place alocasia polly plant in indirect sunlight for 12 hours a day (in warmer climates). In cooler climates it is recommended that you place alocasia polly plant in direct sunlight only during the summer.
  • Alocasia polly plants require at least two inches of water per week. If alocasia Polly is in a pot, do not over saturate the soil!
  • It’s important to fertilize alocasia polly plant every few weeks. We recommend using Miracle Grow for an easy and effective way to feed your alocasia polly plant.
  • Alocasia Polly is a sensitive plant that cannot withstand cold temperatures, so it’s important to bring alocasia polly in before the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If alocasia Polly does not receive enough water and light, it will start to droop or die completely.

Alocasia PollyPlant Frequently Asked Questions

Is alocasia Polly a difficult plant?

No, alocasia polly plants are relatively low-maintenance.

How big do alocasia Polly get?

The alocasia polly plant is one of the most popular and easiest plants to grow. They are easy because they are very low maintenance, but also fragile. Alocasia Polly’s can reach up to 30 inches in height at maturity.

Why is my Alocasia Polly dying?

There are many reasons that alocasia plants might be dying inside or outside of your home. Here some of the most common ones.

  • Lack of water can cause alocasia plants to die because they need a lot of moisture in order to live.
  • Improper watering frequency can also cause alocasia plants to die because they need water every day in order for the soil not to dry out and create an environment that is unfavorable to growth.
  • Too much sunlight or too little sunlight will both cause alocasia plants to die because alocasia polly needs a lot of sunlight to grow.

Are alocasia Polly poisonous?

The alocasia polly plant is not poisonous.

Is alocasia Polly poisonous to humans?

Yes, alocasia Polly is poisonous to humans.

Alocasia polly plants contain a substance called raphides – needle-like crystals that can cause irritation of the mouth and throat if eaten or swallowed. Alocasia Polly may also irritate skin when touched.


In conclusion, alocasia polly plants are great to have in your home. They add a nice tropical feel and they’re easy to maintain! With the right care, an alocasia plant will thrive for years to come!

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