Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek'
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The Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek' is a beautiful cultivar with velvety, deep green and white variegated leaves. It has large, arrow-shaped leaves and an upright growth habit. The species is native to the Philippines, where it thrives in a tropical environment. With proper care, it will be a fast-growing plant and quickly turn into a large specimen.
It is important to note that the 'Frydek' is a variegated cultivar, and its name is often wrongly used for the non-variegated cultivars, such as Alocasia micholitziana 'Maxkowskii'.
The all-green cultivar of Alocasia micholitziana has been cultivated for many years, but during a period, when foliage plants wasn't as popular as it is nowadays, it eventually disappeared from the market, only being available at certain plant collectors. However, it has recently gained popularity again, causing the price to spike up. And more growers have started to grow this cultivar, so it has become easier to find recently.
Among the most sought-after Alocasias at the moment are the variegated cultivars, with 'Frydek' being one of the most desired.
Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek' should be kept in a bright location with plenty of indirect light. Alocasias are known to be shade tolerant plants, but when grown as indoor plants and as it is a fast-growing plant, they need plenty of light to thrive. They can actually handle more light than most people might think, just make sure to protect it from too much direct sunlight. It does, however, also have the tendency to grow towards the light quickly, so it is advised to regularly turn your plant to keep it growing evenly.
Alocasias are sensitive plants and prone to get root rot. But they are also thirsty. It therefore prefers a well-draining soil mix and should be watered regularly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. It is also sensitive to temperature changes, so it is best to keep it in a consistent, warm environment.
It is important to handle the plant with care, as the leaves and stem contain a sap that can cause skin irritation in some people.
Alocasias can only be propagated by seed or by dividing their rhizomes. Producing seeds will require flowers and a successful pollination, and they might not result in a true but rhizomes are often produced regularly as the plant grows. You may find bulbs emerging from the soil or when you are repotting your Alocasia. These will grow into new plants, if properly cared for, and you can choose to keep them in the same pot or to pot them individually. You can also use these rhizomes when you want to share your plant with others.