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Alocasia Frydek

The Alocasia Frydek is a beautiful tropical plant with large, deep green, velvety leaves with stark white veining. It can be a bit tricky to care for, so it tends to be for more advanced plant parents when growing in potting mix, however once situated in water this plant does great. We love growing it in water as it removes a number of variables and makes care much easier, as well as it being fun watching the roots develop.

Alocasia Frydek Plant oVerview


Native to Southeast Asia

plant family


Other common names

Alocasia Green Velvet , Alocasia Micholitziana Frydek, Alocasia Fydek and  Frydek Alocasia, Elephant Ear Frydek.

other varieties

Some popular types of Alocasia's are: Amazonica Poly, Zebrina,reginula ‘Black Velvet’, Dragon Scale, macrorrhiza ‘Stingray’, Alocasia Frydek, Baginda ‘Silver Dragon’, macrorrhizos ‘Giant Taro’, cuprea ‘Red Secret’, cucullata ‘Hooded Dwarf”, Longiloba, lauterbachiana ‘Purple Sword’, Alocasia Frydeck, Green Velvet Alocasia, Green Velvet plant, Alocasia Frydeck,  Micholitziana Frydek, Alocasia Polly, Alocasia Amazonica, Elephant ear frydek and Melo.


Toxic to pets and humans if consumed.

growing your Alocasia Frydek in water

replacing water

For healthy Alocasia Frydek's, we recommend that you add water to the glass every 1-2 weeks (or if you see that water levels have lowered) to replenish the water that evaporated or absorbed from the plants. Then, replace the water every 2-4 weeks.

Most tap water works great but distilled water or filtered waters are recommended if available. 


We recommend adding 1-2 of liquid nutrients to the water of your green velvet alocasia every month. To further encourage and support leaf growth, we recommend adding an additional drop of nutrients if you see a new leaf forming. A high quality hydroponic nutrients made with kelp and worm castings is recommended.


The Alocasia plant loves bright indirect light! They prefer areas in the home like a brightly lit corner or across a window that receives enough sunlight, they love morning sun, but also need partial shade.dr


For Alocasia Frydek, the ideal temperature range is 65-78 degrees Fahrenheit. A general rule of thumb for many tropical houseplants is that if you are comfortable, then they will be comfortable too!


Alocasia Frydek's prefer moderate to high humidity, but can do well in most home settings regardless of humidity level. We recommend that you spritz them with water every now and again to give it a bit of humidity. 

Leaf care & pruning

  • Cleaning the leaves of your alocasia frydek will promote better light absorption for photosynthesis, simply use a damp towel or cloth and wipe them down
  • Yellowing leaves or brown leaves can be removed at the base of the plant, immediately above the node using a sharp, sterile knife. It is recommended to leave 1 to 2 leaves though a single node will often shoot off new leaves on its own.

Propagate Alocasia Frydek

The Alocasia Frydek will easily propagate in water through most of the year. To do so, take a cutting from the mother plant, make sure it has a few leaves and a node or two. Submerge the node in a cup with filtered water and find a bright, warm space with indirect-light for the plant. Roots generally form in 2 to 3 weeks. 

Alocasia Frydek Common issues & houseplant care

Leaf burn

Identification: Brown holes in the leaves, browning tips that are crispy to the touch

Cause: Overexposure to sunlight for your alocasia frydek

How to treat:Simply move your plant away from any direct sun light or places with too much sunlight. Try placing your philodendron in a nearby area with less light exposure or somewhere where it won't have any contact with the sun. You can remove any brown tips if you like, but it's not necessary to your plant's recovery. You can also increase the humidity levels with a humidifier.

Loss of Color variegation

Identification: color patterns in the leaves are fading, leaves becoming a solid green color

Cause: When your Alocasia Frydeck is creating solid green leaves, this means that your plant is not receiving enough bright indirect light.

How to treat: Move your plant to an area where it would be exposed to more  sunlight and wait for the leaves to recover their color. For newer leaves, they will gain their markings as they age. In winter months are a slower growing season.

Fungus Gnats Or Spider Mites

Identification: Bugs crawling around your alocasia black velvet

Cause: Fungus gnats and spider mites thrive in potting soil where the larvae can grow.

How to treat: We recommend transitioning your plant to growing in water as fungus gnats can't develop there. Some people are concerned as it's standing water, but we've had no issues. The yellow sticky traps are an option if you prefer to continue to grow your alocasia frydek well draining soil or a potting mix with coco coir or orchid bark. Although it grows well in moist soil, you may have to deal with bugs, neem oil is another great option to get rid of gnats.

Leaves Begins to Curl or Droop

Identification: Your Alocasia Frydek has drooping leaves, yellow leaves, or are curling at the ends. 

Cause: There are multiple causes for this issue. One, dry air, not enough moisture in your space. Two, your plant is not receiving enough oxygen from the water. And three, your plant is experiencing extremely cold temperatures. It could also be an issue of root rot.

How to treat: To fix this issue, move your Alocasia Frydek away from any AC vents, heaters, or open windows. Also, mist regularly if your environment is usually very dry. If the cause is a lack of oxygen, simply replace the water for the plant and then continue on a 2 week to monthly water replacement schedule. For root rot remove anything  brown or mushy roots.

We love the Alocasia Frydek, its one of our favorite tropical plants. Small starter alocasia frydek plants are sometimes included in our sets that go with our frames and hangers. For larger plants, you can find a large alocasia frydek by clicking here and a medium alocasia fredek here. To grow in water they pair well with our glasswear section found here. It's fun to grow them in water as you can see new growth in the roots as well as the leaves.