Alocasia has large leaves of a peculiar color and different sizes. It is easily recognizable by the pronounced veins on the foliage, as if painted by an artist in the spirit of surrealism, or by the leathery monochromatic green leaves, and the copper-red tint of the Amazonian alocasia. Varieties of the plant have petals that reach the size of an elephant’s ear, and outwardly resemble it.
Household alocasias with individual small leaves are common. A curious flower with narrow leaves in the shape of a horse’s muzzle with a bright variegated color (Sander, Alocasia Polly). There are not many leaves on the stem. Usually up to 20 petals live on a cutting in a bush. This is due to the fact that the old foliage gradually gives way to a new one, so the plant sheds leaves one at a time, and then a fresh petal appears.
The Aroid family, which includes the alocasia flower, is one of the most popular in room culture and is valued for its decorative and nutritional value. These are representatives of tropical rainforests or coastal aquatic environments. They have practically no problems with reproduction. Tuberous forms, which include alocasia, gives an abundance of children.
One of the features is that many types of plants, when damaged, secrete juice that provokes irritation of the mucous membranes. Based on various sources, you can find different statements about the poisonousness of the flower. You need to know that some alocasia can be really poisonous, while others are medicinal. In order to avoid poisoning and irritation, it is necessary to work with a tropical beauty with gloves and make sure that the juice does not get into your mouth or eyes, and wash your hands with soap and water after work. Keeping poisonous varieties of the plant at home with children and animals is not worth it.
Despite the fact that alocasia, like many aroids, is considered poisonous, it can have a beneficial effect on human health and has a number of healing properties. Large-rooted species are used in Chinese folk medicine. The stem of the flower is useful in medicines for stomach pain. The leaves are used in medicines for pneumonia and tuberculosis. Alocasia tuber helps to cope with tumors. Certain types of plants are grown for human consumption: for the sake of tubers, in which there is a lot of starch.
Medicinal properties apply to:
- Restoration of tissues and organs;
- Restoration of the protective functions of the body;
- Anesthesia of diseased areas.
- Cancer resistance. Currently, the effect of alocasia on the disease is being actively studied;
- The human psyche and the normalization of sleep. Alocasia growing at home benefits people experiencing irritability and negativity by alleviating these conditions.
Internal reception medicinal formulations of alocasia are mainly carried out after consultation with a therapist. Here are some recipes for cooking from different parts of tropical alocasia:
- Recipe 1. Old leaves, together with the cuttings, are infused in 100 ml of vodka (alcohol, honey) for 10-12 days in a dark place. Take after consulting a doctor, following the exact dosage, as an anesthetic.
- Recipe 2. Mix the composition of ground leaves and 5 tbsp. tablespoons of olive (linseed) oil. Heated in a water bath. Take according to the dosage for sleep disturbance and signs of anxiety. Store in a dark container for no more than 3 months.
Outdoor use natural healthy alocasia for medicinal purposes is still safer. With the help of this plant, arthritis attacks are stopped and ulcers and wounds are treated.
- Recipe 1. A well-washed leaf is crushed to make 3 teaspoons of green mass. Prepare a mixture with 2 teaspoons of lard. Apply the resulting compress to the sore joint and cover with paper. Secure with a bandage and leave overnight. It relieves pain and inflammation.
- Recipe 2. Alocasia petal gruel is mixed with baby cream or pork fat. It turns out an effective ointment for healing wounds, skin diseases and trophic ulcers. Store the ointment for a week in the refrigerator.
A rare tropical plant is curious because it can predict rainy weather. There is a scientific basis for this. The structure of the alocasia leaf allows you to release excess water that accumulates with high humidity. Such unusual properties of the flower gave it another name – “weather”. Approximately a day before, when the air is filled with moisture, the mouths of a tropical species open and the plant begins to “cry”. This phenomenon is often observed in the autumn.
Alocasia is a wonderful interior decoration. They look good in gardens, bright spacious rooms, near artificial reservoirs.
Alokaziya will feel great if the air temperature and lighting are suitable; humidity is stable and certain rules are observed when watering.
- Diffused sunlight is suitable for the flower, and in no case bright lighting, otherwise all the foliage will burn. The best place for alocasia is the western or eastern window. Species with single-colored leaves are quite shade-tolerant. The plant is moisture-loving, so it is recommended to spray it or keep it near a pond, or on a pan with water, especially during the heating season. An alternative to spraying is to wipe the foliage with a damp cloth.
- Watering should be very moderate. Before watering the flower, you should make sure that the earth has dried out in a pot. In some cases, it is necessary to let the foliage droop to ensure a dry, earthen ball. In summer, abundant watering is carried out during the growing season. The earth must not dry out. Water frequently with settling water to keep the pot moist. In winter, watering alocasia is careful. When overflowing, the roots gradually rot. In spring and summer, the plant needs to be fed regularly. Suitable mineral fertilizer for indoor ornamental plants. In autumn, watering is reduced, and adding charcoal to the soil will help avoid waterlogging.
- The temperature regime for alocasia from 19˚ C to 25˚ C will become optimal. At 18˚ C, the flower will freeze, and at 15˚ C, it will die.
It is possible to give life to a diseased plant in one of the ways:
- Remove the flower from the pot and release the roots from the old earth;
- Transplant it into a fresh substrate. The tuber is not recommended to fall asleep too tightly, leaving it closer to the surface;
- Water moderately after transplanting.
Young plants are transplanted every year. The grown species are transplanted in early spring into a tall glass pot after 2-3 years. It is important to plant the tuber correctly. To do this, you need to determine where the spine is located. He looks like…