Alocasia Pink Dragon
Scientific Name: Alocasia Calidora
Common Name: Alocasia Pink Dragon
Alocasia Pink Dragon care is an easy Alocasia to grow and care for given adequate optimal conditions. To find out if this plant is right for you and you want a plant with glossy dark green leaves, keep reading our complete Alocasia Pink Dragon care guide.
To give this Alocasia the best care, it requires well-draining soil, keeping the soil consistently moist, providing it bright indirect sunlight, temperatures ranging from 65-85F, and humidity levels of around 60-70%.
Quick Care Overview
|Common Name||Alocasia Pink Dragon|
|Scientific Name||Alocasia Calidora|
|Identification||Pink stems with large arrow shaped leaves that have deep green veins|
|Height||Up to 4 feet tall|
|Water||Consistently moist soil|
|Sunlight||Bright indirect light|
|Toxic to Cats & Dogs||Yes|
|Toxic to Humans||Yes|
|Pests||Mealybugs, scale, spider mites|
|Diseases||Root rot, leaf spot|
Below we will dive deep into this Alocasia Pink Dragon care guide.
Alocasia Pink Dragon History
Coming from the Araceae family under the Alocasia genus, the Pink Dragon plant is native to the tropical environment of Australia and the Philippines and the subtropical regions of Asia. Alocasia Pink Dragon is an exciting, bold indoor houseplant that serves as the perfect focal point within your interior design and lends a tropical vibe to the room’s ambiance. Being very easy to care for and having air-purifying capabilities, it is easy to see why this tall and lush Alocasia has become a popular choice for interior decorators.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Identification
This attractive plant has broad leaves with deep veins that grow from pink stems. The foliage of Alocasia Pink Dragon has a scale-like appearance with dark burgundy undersides.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Growth Facts
Quick-growing and moderately sized, this Alocasia makes a wonderful focal point to accent your home décor.
How Big Does an Alocasia Pink Dragon Get?
This plant will become 4 feet tall under the right growing conditions.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Care
The Pink Dragon Alocasia is easy-to-care-for as long as you provide it with fast-draining, consistently moist soil, high humidity, and a warm environment.
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Alocasia Pink Dragon Soil
The Pink Dragon Alocasia likes to have well-draining soil, rich in organic matter, and retains moisture with good porosity. A suitable growing medium for the Pink Dragon Alocasia is an equal mixture of standard potting soil, perlite, and peat moss or coco coir. It is essential to the health of this plant to have enriched soil that allows for the proper ratio of water retention to water drainage.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Fertilizer
During the growing season of spring and summer, your Alocasia should be fed with a balanced liquid fertilizer indicated for houseplants every two weeks. Ensure that you follow all label instructions. Feed until late summer, and do not fertilize during the fall or winter. Overfertilization may lead to issues such as chemical buildup and burn from excess salts.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Watering
The Pink Dragon Alocasia likes to have consistently moist soil, but not soil that is oversaturated with water. Therefore, your plant should be rewatered after the top few inches of the growing medium has dried out. Overwatering may lead to issues such as root rot and other bacterial or fungal diseases. The Pink Dragon Alocasia will often need to be watered 2-3 times weekly, depending on growing conditions. Watering frequency should be reduced in winter.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Light Requirements
The Pink Dragon Alocasia likes to be placed in a bright room with indirect sunlight, such as from an eastern or western facing window. For the beautiful variegation of its foliage to remain pronounced, this Alocasia should receive several hours of sunlight daily. However, intense direct sun may cause sunburn.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Temperature & Humidity
As a tropical plant, the Pink Dragon Alocasia likes to remain in warm and humid environments. This plant should be kept between 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and should be kept away from air vents, AC units, heaters, cold windows, and drafts. The Pink Dragon Alocasia prefers to be kept in above average humidity levels, between 60-70%. Therefore, to keep this plant happy, you will need to provide this plant with high humidity levels. You can increase humidity by placing next to a tray of pebbles or by adding a humidifier in the same room as the plant.
Repotting Alocasia Pink Dragon
While this plant is a quick-grower and may need to be repotted every 6-12 months while young, older Alocasias should only be repotted every 1-2 years, Alocasias are sensitive to repotting and may experience transplant shock after repotting. Repotting should be done in spring. Ensure that you do not select a container that is too large, as this may lead to issues related to having too much excess water in its container. The Pink Dragon Alocasia doesn’t mind being slightly rootbound. If you do not see roots poking out from the drainage holes or if the container does not appear too small for your Alocasia, you may opt to refresh the top few inches of its soil rather than repotting annually.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Maintenance & Pruning
This Alocasia only requires light pruning. In early spring, remove any disease, discolored, or dead foliage using clean, gardening shears.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Propagation
Propagating the Pink Dragon Alocasia is easy through rhizome division. To propagate, simply remove some of the tuberous roots from the parent plant and divide them into smaller portions. Each rhizome may be planted into its own container with fresh soil. Lightly tamp down the soil around the rhizome, water thoroughly, and place newly divided plants into indirect light.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Toxicity
Like many Alocasia varieties, calcium oxalate crystals are found in the Alocasia Pink Dragon plant, making it toxic to humans and pets. Hands should be washed after handling this plant to avoid skin rashes and never ingest any portion of the plant.
Toxicity to Humans
The Pink Dragon Alocasia is considered toxic to humans and should never be consumed. The calcium oxalate content of the plant may cause severe side effects if ingested.
Toxicity to Cats & Dogs
The Pink Dragon Alocasia is toxic to pets and should never be ingested. If you suspect your pet has consumed any portion of this plant, contact your veterinarian or animal poison control immediately.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Problems
Alocasia Pink Dragon Leaves Turning Yellow
Yellowing of the foliage of this Alocasia is often due to issues related to overwatering.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Leaves Turning Brown
With the Pink Dragon Alocasia, the top causes of browning foliage are due to insufficient humidity or too much direct sunlight.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Diseases
Like many other tropical plants, the Pink Dragon Alocasia may become susceptible to plant pathogens such as root rot or leaf spot. Upon identifying plant disease, treat with a fungicide, ensuring that you follow all label instructions.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Pests
This Alocasia may become susceptible to infestation from several indoor pests such as mealybugs, spider mites, and scale.