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Alocasia Silver Dragon - Elephants Ear

The Alocasia Silver Dragon is a gorgeous houseplant that we've found thrives growing in water. It has metallic silver leaves accented with dark green veins. The leaves are scale like, hence the silver dragon name. Although Alocasia's normally tend to be for more advanced plant parents, we've found growing in water to be super simple. As long as the temperature and lighting conditions are not too extreme, these plants thrive. A fun fact is the leaves of the Alocasia in the tropics serve as an umbrella, blocking the rain for other plants and animals. Their leaves can grow as large as five feet across. The alocasia silver dragon can grow in water for years with minimal care.

Alocasia Silver Dragon oVerview

origin

Native to Southeast Asia

plant family

Araceae

common names

Elephant Ear Silver Dragon, The African Silver Mask, Alocasia Silver, Alocasia Silver Dragon Plant, Dragon Scales Plant.


other varieties

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


Toxicity

Toxic to pets and humans if consumed.

growing your Alocasia Silver Dragon in water


replacing water

For healthy plants, 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 or filtered waters are recommended if available. 

Nutrients

We recommend adding 1-2 of liquid nutrients to your alocasia's water every month. To further encourage and support leaf growth, we recommend adding an additional drop of nutrients if you see a new leaf forming. 

Lighting

Alocasia Silver Dragons love bright indirect light! They prefer areas in the home like a brightly lit corner or across a window that receives a lot of sunlight.

Temperature

For Alocasia's, 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!

HUmidity

Alocasia'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 will promote better light absorption for photosynthesis, simply use a damp towel or cloth and wipe them down
  • Yellowing 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.

Silver Dragon Propagation Tips


The alocasia silver dragon propagates easily in water through most of the year. To do so, take a cutting from the mother plant with one or more 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. You'll have a new alocasia silver dragon plant which can grow in water for years, or can be planted in potting mix as well.

Alocasia Silver Dragon Common issues & care info


Leaf burn

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

Cause: Overexposure to sunlight

How to treat:Simply move your plant away from any direct sunlight or places with too much sunlight. Try placing your Alocasia Silver Dragon 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. It's an indoor plant, so keep it out of direct sunlight, indirect natural light is ideal. You can also increase the humidity levels.


Loss of Color variegation

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

Cause: When your philodendron 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 indirect sunlight and wait for the leaves to recover their color. For newer leaves, they will gain their markings as they age.


Leaves Begins to Curl or Droop

Identification: leaves are curling at the ends or dropping, leaves also may turn yellow or brown 

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

How to treat: To fix this issue, move your plant 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 any brown or mushy leaves. If growing in potting mix, we recommend transitioning to growing in water as root rot as easier to deal with.


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