Alocasia Gray Dragon Plant Care – Growing Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon

The Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon is also known as the:

  • Grey Dragon Alocasia
  • Alocasia Gray Dragon
  • Grey Dragon Plant
  • Indian Princess Alocasia

It is an extremely rare plant and another jewel alocasia.

The plant is known for its thick and wide silver green leaves. The plant is native to the tropical forests of Asia which makes it prefer warm weather.

How do you care for the Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon? This plant needs a good lighting that is not direct sunlight. Indoors medium to bright indirect light is ideal. Outdoors, it enjoys partial shade.

Keep it in a warm, humid location and never let the soil get soggy. Only water when part of the soil has dried to avoid overwatering.

Feed the plant during its growing season for maximize growth.

Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon Plant Care

Light Requirements

The Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon does best in bright indirect light. It will also do well in medium light and can tolerate low light conditions.

However, with the latter, there is a limit.

Past a certain point, the light becomes in sufficient. You’ll notice this as the plant will grow slower than it normally does.

Although, the further off from its threshold is gets the slower the rate of growth will be. Thus, the change may be subtle or obvious.

In addition to slower growth, you’ll also notice fewer new leaves. And the leave that do emerge are smaller than they usually are.

Finally, the plant will become leggy and can bend towards the direction of the light source. This is its way to trying to get as much illumination as possible.

As such, to avoid even bothering with these issues, try to keep the plant in a well-lit location.

If you don’t have a lot of sunlight coming into your home, you can use artificial lights. Fluorescent lighting works as well for supplementing whatever natural light the plant can get.

I like to use a reading test to tell if a specific location has too little light.

Simply get a magazine or a book. Then place it exactly where you want to put the plant. Then start reading the text.

If you can read the text easily without squinting or having to turn on the lights or a lamp, there is sufficient light to keep the plant happy.

If not, find a brighter location.

That said, you also want to be careful about too much light. In this case, direct sunlight or very intense light during the middle of the day.

The plant cannot tolerate this as it lives under the forest canopy in the wild. As such, the larger trees overhead take the brunt of the sun’s rays.

This gives it a bit of shade while still getting dappled light that passes through the leaves and branches above.

Thus, it is not accustomed to intense sun. And it cannot take direct sunlight for more than 1 or 2 hours a day on a regular basis. Otherwise, its leaves will get discolored.

If the sun is too intense or the plant is left there for long periods of time, its leaves can get scorched as well. This will cause brown or black burn marks on foliage.

 

Temperature

The Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon is native to the tropical and subtropical forests of Asia. Thus it prefers warm to hot temperature between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

This is its sweet spot. And it will grow the fastest in this environment.

That said, it has no issues staying in hotter climates including temperatures as high as 90 or 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

However, the plant is not cold hardy.

Thus, you want to be more careful about the cold.

If you live somewhere with four seasons, make sure that plant is kept indoors once temperatures near 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

It will struggle below this level due to the cold.

This means that it is not suited for winter weather. Instead, make sure to keep it in a warm location during the that time of year.

In fact, when it gets too cold, the plant will go dormant. Here, you won’t see it grow through the winter.

But don’t worry as it will come alive again once spring arrives.

However, during its dormancy, make sure to keep it in a warm spot. Reduce watering significantly since it won’t be taking much of it. But don’t allow the soil to dry out completely either.

Instead, the plant enjoys USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11 because these areas have sunny, warm weather all year round. If you live in these regions, you can keep the plant outdoors in a pot or grow it in the ground in your garden.

 

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Humidity

The Grey Dragon Alocasia has an ideal humidity of 60% to 70%. This is where the plant will not only grow the fastest but also produce more lush foliage.

However, it can tolerate humidity of 50% without any issues. It will like be okay even if humidity drops under this level.

But there will come at point when humidity is too low. Therefore, try not to go too low under 40%.

Once you start seeing its leaf tips or edges turn brown or get crispy, it is a sign that the air is too dry for the plant’s liking.

As such, move it to a more humid location like the bathroom or place it on a humidity tray.

You can also mist the plant or use a humidifier.

 

How Often to Water Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon

The Alocasia Grey Dragon enjoys slightly most soil especially during the warmer months of the year. However, when the cold weather comes around, it will stop growing or even go dormant.

As such, reduce watering during the cold months and allow the soil dry more. But don’t allow the soil to completely dry out.

it is important to adjust your water schedule to make sure that the plant does not get overwatered. That’s because this increases its risk of root rot.

This is why the best way to water the plant is to wait until at least top 2 inches of soil dries out completely before watering again.

Doing so will prevent you from adding more moisture when the soil is still wet or moist. Doing so will lead to overwatering which leaves the roots sitting in water.

The problem with this is if the roots drown in water for extended periods of time, they are deprived of oxygen. As a result, they will suffocate and rot.

Root rot is very serious because it prevents the roots from absorbing water and nutrients from soil. So, the plant will get dehydrated and malnourished. Eventually, it will die from lack of sustenance.

Therefore, always let the soil dry between waterings.

 

Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon Potting Soil

The Grey Dragon Alocasia needs loose, well-draining soil that is porous. This allows the soil to drain excess moisture and let the roots breathe.

Avoid heavy soils that hold on to too much moisture. Also don’t use sandy soils or those that drain too much water too quickly.

The former will lead to overwatering and waterlogging. The latter will dehydrate the plant. Both are bad as they will damage the roots eventually.

The good news is you can create your own DIY potting mix for the Grey Dragon Alocasia. Just combine these 3 ingredients.

  • 1 part potting soil
  • 1 part perlite
  • 1 part peat

This potting mix will allow the soil to hold just enough water to keep the soil moist. But it will also drain excess moisture quickly so the roots don’t end up sitting in water.

 

Fertilizer

Fertilizer is an important part of the Grey Dragon Alocasia care. That’s because it needs the nutrients to grow optimally,

These will allow the plant to grow faster than if it did not get any nutrients. It will also produce more foliage and larger ones at that.

You can use a balanced water soluble fertilizer with N-P-K of 20-20-20 or 15-15-15 once a month during its growing seasons. Stop applying by mid fall and don’t give it any plant food during winter.

Make sure to dilute the application by half the suggested strength each time you use it.

Indoor plants in pots don’t need as much of a dose compared to outdoor plants that are grown in the ground.

Also, never fertilize the plant when the soil is dry,

The reason these measures are important is that commercial fertilizers contain salts. And too much salt can damage the roots once it builds up in the soil.

So, the more you apply fertilizer, the more salt you’re adding in addition to the nutrients. This is why it is not a good idea to feed the plant more than it needs.

A good way to avoid too much salt buildup in the soil is to flush the soil using water. Do this every few months to remove the excess salts, nutrients and minerals from the soil.

 

Pruning

The Alocasia Grey Dragon is one of the smaller alocasia species. It grows up to about 14 inches while its leaves can get to about 6 inches in length.

This makes it a miniature alocasia when compared to many of its relatives.

However, its rarity and unique looking leaves make it stand out.

Its small size also means you can keep the plant in your home on tabletops, shelves or counters. All the others usually end up on the floor due to their size.

Its size also means that you don’t need to do a lot of pruning.

The plant is pretty much made up of its thin stems and large leaves. So, unless you want to remove the most beautiful parts of the plant, it does not really make sense to prune it a lot.

However, do remove any dead, dying, discolored or diseased leaves.

 

How to Propagate Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon

The Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon is usually propagated via rhizome division or by taking the offsets. Both methods are very different. But they yield a the same results, a new plant.

Propagation from offsets is by far the easiest method of all.

All you need to do is check the base of the plant. The offsets grow from there and are connected to the parent plant. These are essentially baby plants.

They can grow throughout the year. Although sometimes they do not appear for quite a while. Therefore, you’re completely in the plant’s power when you can propagate.

To propagate using offsets:

  • Look for offsets at the base of the plant.
  • You don’t want to cut all the offsets, only the bigger ones. I like to wait until they are at least 1-2 inches tall before taking them. Leave the smaller ones and let them grow.
  • Use a sterile knife to separate the offsets from the mother plant.
  • You can then plant the offsets into soil in pot.

In time the offsets will grow and reach the size of the parent plant.

The more common and most effective way of propagating the Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon by division.

Division is done by separating an entire plant into 2 or more smaller plants.

The Alocasia Grey Dragon grows from rhizomes. As such, you’ll see these once you unpot and check its roots.

Here’s how to propagate the Grey Dragon Alocasia through division.

  • Unpot the plant and remove excess dirt to clearly see the roots.
  • Choose the sections you want to divide it to, making sure that each of the sections have similar amounts of roots. This way they plant above can get sustenance.
  • Use a sterile knife and cut the rhizomes to the desired section.
  • Place each of the divisions into their own pots with fresh, well-draining potting mix.

Each of these plants will grow and become clones of their parent.

 

How to Repot or Transplant Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon

The Grey Dragon Alocasia does not need frequent repotting. It takes about 2 years before it outgrows its current pot. So, you don’t need to keep taking the plant out of its container.

Besides, it is not a fan of being moved either.

Wait until the plant gets root bound before you repot it.

You can check by looking at the holes at the bottom of the pot. If you see any roots coming out from the holes, it means the plant wants more space.

The best time to repot is during spring to early summer.

When you do, select a container that is 2 inches bigger than the current one. Also refresh the soil with well-draining potting mix.

 

Is It Toxic/Poisonous to Humans, Cats & Dogs

Yes, the Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon is toxic to humans, cats and dogs. But it only becomes so when ingested. Therefore, touching or holding the plant poses no threat.

That said, once consumed, the calcium oxalate crystals are released and these will pierce inner tissues causing pain, irritation and swelling. If swallowed the symptoms will affect the throat, esophagus and stomach area as well.

 

Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon Problems & Troubleshooting

Pests

Pests are uncommon for the Alocasia Maharani Grey Dragon. However, the plant does become susceptible when it is unhealthy or stressed. Therefore, always keep the plant in good condition.

Also, clean the leaves as pests are attracted to dust.

The most common pests to watch out for with this plant are spider mites, mealybugs, aphids and scale. These are all sap sucking insects that don’t do much harm when there are only few of them.

But they populate rapidly.

Once this happens, they cause a lot of damage by feeding on the plant and taking its internal juices.

Thus, it is important to spot them early and treat before they become an infestation.

You can spray them off with a stream of water with a hose or showerhead. You do need to be thorough in order to get rid of all the bugs.

You can do this every few days until there are no more pests left.

Another way to treat pests is to use neem oil. Just apply to the affected areas. Don’t spray the entire plant. Also, make sure to dilute it enough with water.

 

Diseases

Root rot and diseases are also another problem. Diseases are usually bacterial or fungal. And they are caused by excess moisture.

This can happen in the leaves, stems or soil. As such, it is completely preventable.

The same is true for root rot, which is caused by overwatering or waterlogged soil.

Thus, to avoid diseases, keep the plant on the drier side and avoid using too much moisture.

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