The Alocasia Silver Dragon is native to South-East Asia. It can survive pretty well in both indoors and outdoors. This is one of the most compact growing plants of its genus and remains under 0.5 meters in height. Consequently, it becomes an excellent choice for terrariums and indoor terrestrial pots.
The light to silvery-green, heart-shaped leaves with dark-green ribbed venation make it look nothing lesser than a mesmerizing gift of nature. In this article, we are going to share what all you need to know about the low-maintenance, Alocasia Silver Dragon Plant along with its care and propagation.
Variety: Silver Dragon
Alocasia Silver Dragon Common Names
- Elephant Ear ‘Silver Dragon’.
- The African Gray Mask.
Features of the Alocasia Silver Dragon Plant
Height and Structure
- The height of the plant is highly dependent on the space available. Average height and spread of an indoor plant is around 50cm (0.5 meter).
- Long petioles support the leaves. A number of petioles join at the base to form the plant body.
- The plant body doesn’t like to expand much.
- Length of a mature leaf is around 15 cm with a width of about 5 to 8 cm.
In addition to its beauty, it will purify the air of its surroundings. Isn’t it a good package for indoor ornamentation?
All the Alocasias are highly toxic for both plants and animals. The possess no.4 level toxicity. Ingestion may lead to severe reactions and ulceration in the throat and oesophagus. Thus, keep the kids and pets strictly away from your Alocasia Silver.
Just like the majority of Alocasias, the plant shows slow growth in winter. Moreover, it may shed some or all of the leaves as well. This is popularly known as the stage of dormancy. The plant is alive and just ‘sleeping’. Your jewel Silver Dragon Alocasia will start flourishing as soon as the spring arrives.
Let us share a basic watering strategy. Water the plant thoroughly and wait for the soil to get dry before you water again. The frequency depends upon the season and the temperature. In summer, you need to water about three times a week. While in winter, once a week seems to be enough. Importantly, wet feet, wet foliage and soggy soil are strictly intolerable for the Alocasia silver. Thus, always avoid over-watering.
Bright indirect light is ideal for the plant. However, in fierce summers, the plant does well in semi-shade. An east or north-facing window is the ideal place to place your plant. It is important to mention here that direct sunlight is unsuitable for the plant.
Thus, avoid keeping the plant in direct sun, specially for longer hours.
The ideal temperature range for the Alocasias is 55 to 80 °F. Just like other thick-leafed jewel Alocasias, the Silver Dragon Alocasias have minimum tolerance towards cold. Thus, it is necessary to transfer the plant inside as soon as the fall arrives. This is highly important for the colder zones.
The Silver Dragon Alocasia likes free-draining soil. You can use any commercially available well-drained house plant mix. Sandy and rock soils don’t go well along with the Alocasia plants.
Just like other members of its genus, Silver Dragon is humidity lover. About 80% of the moisture is essential for the plant. You can adjust the humidity and increase the moisture level by different measures. Add a pebble-water tray under the plant pot. However, make sure the pot stands on the pebbles and roots don’t sit in the water.
Jewel Alocasia plants love the added nutrition in their growing season. You can use any domestic plant fertilizer according to the directions on the pack. Avoid low quality and cheap fertilizers. As they accumulate in the soil-forming crystals. These crystals are harmful to the plants.
The plants don’t need any extra nutrition in fall and winter.
Check for the drainage holes before planting.
Growth Zone 9 to 11 is suitable for outdoor growth of the plant. While, if you want indoor growth, the plant can do well in all USDA Zones 4 to 11.