The Alocasia Pink Dragon is often referred to as the Pink Dragon Plant or Elephant Ear Pink Dragon. It is a sport of the Alocasia baginda which makes it complete scientific name Alocasia Baginda Pink Dragon.
That said, many online sellers and growers also call it the Alocasia Morocco or Alocasia morocco Pink Dragon.
Therefore, when you see these names they all refer to the same Alocasia Pink Draft plant.
It is also worth mentioning the Alocasia Pink Dragon is a rare plant whose price can fluctuate depending on demand.
How do your care for the Alocasia Pink Dragon? The plant enjoys bright, indirect light. It is not cold hardy so it prefers warm, humid weather that’s similar to its tropical and subtropical habitat.
While it likes moist soil avoid overwatering and allow the soil to dry to between waterings. Feed it with houseplant fertilizer during its growing season for best growth.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Plant Care
The Alocasia Pink Dragon prefers bright, indirect light. And this is the best location to put the plant if you want to allow its leaves to grow big and maintain their beautiful colors.
It also does not have any issues with medium light. And will tolerate low light too.
However, I don’t suggest leaving the plant in low light as its growth will noticeably be slower than in other lighting conditions.
Also, it is important to be aware that the plant has a limit to low little light it can tolerate.
If the light becomes insufficient, it will stop growing and become leggy.
The simplest way to tell whether there is or isn’t enough light for the plant is to take a book, magazine or newspaper. Then place it where you plan on putting the plant.
Then start reading the publication there.
If you can easily read the text without having to turn on a lamp or the room’s lights, then the Alocasia Pink Dragon will get enough illumination there.
On the other hand, it is likewise important to note that the plant cannot withstand too much light.
Thus, direct sunlight is a no-no.
Avoid leaving the Pink Dragon Plant in the direct path of sun’s rays especially between 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This can damage its leaves causing discoloration. And in extreme situations it will burn the leaves as well, leaving foliage with brown burn marks.
Finally, if you don’t get a lot of light indoors from the sun, you can always use artificial lights. The Alocasia Pink Dragon will do well under grow lights as well.
Outdoors, keep the plant in partial shade away from full sun.
The Alocasia Pink Dragon prefers warm to hot environments between 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit. This is because it is native to the tropical regions of Asia.
It can likewise tolerate heat up to 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit without any problems.
However, the higher the temperature goes, the more you need to make sure it is well-hydrated. The plant does not like to dry out completely.
On the other hand, because it comes from a region where the sun is up 365 days of the year, it does not experience snow, frost or freezing temperatures in the forests of Asia.
This is why the plant has poor tolerance to the cold.
And it has a hard time with temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
For this reason, it is important to bring the plant indoors once the weather gets colder around fall if you take it outdoors during the summer.
Indoors, avoid leaving it near air conditioners or open windows with cold drafts.
As a Alocasia Pink Dragon owner, something to be aware of is that the plant will go dormant during the winter months. So, don’t be alarmed it is suddenly stops growing or doesn’t look like it is flourishing anymore.
This happens due to the cold weather. And the plant will rest during this time.
On your part, keep the plant in a warm location and cut down on watering to a maintenance level. Avoid letting the soil dry out.
Once spring comes around, the Pink Dragon Plant will come back to life and start growing again.
The Alocasia Pink Dragon prefers humidity of 60% to 70%. It will be happy with 50% humidity as well but won’t really go too much below this level.
Again, the plant’s love for humidity comes from its tropical habitat (which is hot and humid for most of the year).
This can make it a bit challenging to care for indoors depending on where you live.
If you live somewhere with tropical weather or near coastlines, humidity should not be an issue.
And you don’t need to do anything special since the plant will get enough moisture in the air to keep it happy.
However, if you live in a desert or desert-like environment, the dry air will likely be a problem. This includes locations like New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada, which happen to be the 3 states with the lowest humidity in the U.S.
In case the air in your home is dry, you want to monitor the plant’s leaves to see how they respond.
If humidity is too low for its liking, at some point you’ll notice browning on its leaf tips and edges. These will also become crispy and brittle.
This is a sign that you need to increase humidity to help the plant out.
A simple way to do this is to mist the plant. However, if you chose this method, be careful not to over mist as this can lead to fungal infection.
Another option is to put the plant on a humidifier tray. Or if you have quite a few houseplants, group them together.
Moving your Alocasia Pink Dragon to the bathroom can also do the job since the bathroom has the highest humidity in the home due to the amount of water we use there.
Finally, you can invest in a humidifier.
How Often to Water Alocasia Pink Dragon
The Alocasia Pink Dragon needs moderate watering. This means that it does not need daily or every other day watering.
Often once a week works really well.
That said, this frequency will usually increase during the summer as the weather gets hot. And it will decrease during the winter when the cold arrives.
Therefore, don’t use a fixed watering schedule for your Pink Dragon Plant.
The goal is to avoid overwatering the plant. At the same time, not let the soil completely dry out.
However, of the two, excess moisture is the more dangerous scenario. That’s because it can lead to root rot which damages your plant’s ability to absorb water and nutrients from the soil.
As such, wait until the to 2-3 inches of soil feels dry to the touch before adding more water. Make sure to check the soil each time before you pour water.
You can do so by sticking your index finger down to around the second knuckle into the soil. Then see how moist or dry your finger feels.
When watering, do so thoroughly.
This means water the soil until you start seeing the liquid drip from the bottom of the pot. Then allow the soil to drain completely to discard excess moisture.
This way, you initially drench the roots to give them their fill of water. This will hydrate them.
Then, let any excess liquid drain out before you return the plant to its original place.
This way, the soil is moist not wet or filled with water.
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Alocasia Pink Dragon Potting Soil
The best soil for Alocasia Pink Dragon is loose, well-draining potting mix with soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5.
Avoid dense, heavy or compact soils as these will all cause problems.
Good draining is very important because it allows excess moisture to drain. This prevents the plant from sitting in too much water.
On the other hand, heavy soils or those that tend to hold onto too much moisture will leave the roots drowning in water. Because they will be unable to breathe for a long time (as the soil dries slowly) they will eventually suffocate which leads to root rot.
Thus, avoid using standard potting soil on its own. Instead, make sure to add components that will help increase drainage.
A simple way to do this is to combine:
- 1 part potting soil
- 1 part peat moss
- 1 part perlite
In this case, the perlite allows for sufficient drainage to prevent overwatering and waterlogging.
You can also use pumice or vermiculite in place of perlite if you wish.
I also suggest it using a pot with drainage holes at the bottom.
These holes will allow the excess liquid that the soil drains to get out of the pot. If you use a pot with no holes, the drained moisture will just build up at the bottom of the pot keeping the soil there wet.
The Alocasia Pink Dragon needs fertilizer to grow at its best. So it is a good idea to feed the plant.
This will help it get bigger and also produce larger foliage. The nutrients will allow its leaves to maintain their lush green color and distinctive white veins as well.
But like in all houseplants, you ways want to be careful with using fertilizer,
Too much fertilizer is worse than not applying any. That’s because the excess salts that build up from the fertilizer can eventually damage the plant roots.
This will prevent them from properly absorbing water and nutrients from the soil.
As such, follow the instructions on the produce label.
Avoid applying more than suggested.
You can use an all purpose fertilizer (15-15-15) or (20-20-20) once a month during the spring and summer. There is no need to feed the plant in autumn and winter as its will not grow much then.
You can likewise opt for a slow-release fertilizer if you wish.
This is safer in that you only need to apply 1-2 times during its growing season. And since the formulation releases the nutrients over the span of weeks and months, it reduces the risk of over fertilizing.
Finally, it is also good practice to flush the soil every few months.
This will get rid of the salt that has built up in the soil from the fertilizer.
The Alocasia Pink Dragon can grow to about 4 feet tall or so. And it will spread out to about 2.5 feet from side to side thanks to its large leaves.
This means that the plant will eventually be staying on the floor in a good sized pot.
Since its gorgeous, large foliage are the most beautiful part of the plant, little pruning Is needed. Most of the plant is made up of its leaves and their long pink stems that extend up and outwards.
Thus, pruning the plant essentially means removing a stem and the leaves that come with it.
You can do this if you feel the plant is getting too bushy.
But in most cases, the Pink Dragon Plant looks best when allowed to grow lots of leaves.
How to Propagate Alocasia Pink Dragon
The best way to propagate the Alocasia Pink Dragon is by division. Here, you’ll be splitting up its tuberous roots and plant each division into a separate pot.
This is because the plant grows from rhizomes. So you want to dig these up and decide where to separate the mother plant.
In time, each of these divisions will grow into a mature plant that looks similar to its parent.
The best time to propagate the Alocasia Pink Dragon is spring to early summer.
Here’s how to propagate the Pink Dragon Plant through division.
- Take the plant out of its container and remove any excess soil so that you can see the rhizomes.
- Choose which sections you want to grow as separate plant. You can divide the mother plant into two or more sections depending on how many new plants you want to grow and how big the current plant is.
- Use a sterilized knife the cut its bulbs to segments.
- Plant each division into a pot with well-draining soil.
- Then water them to keep them moist.
- Place the plants in bright indirect light.
How to Repot or Transplant Alocasia Pink Dragon
The Pink Dragon Plant does not need frequent repotting.
As a guideline, it usually takes 12 to 24 months before you need to repot.
Note that younger plants grow faster. As such, you’ll usually need to repot them over 6 to 12 months.
However, I prefer waiting for the plant to get root bound before you repot. This way you listen to what the plant is telling you instead of strictly following the guidelines.
You’ll know when this happens as you’ll see its roots come out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the container.
Once you see a few roots there, it means the plant is root bound as it is trying to look for more room to grow.
The best time to repot the plant is during spring to early summer.
This will give the plant enough time to grow before the winter arrives.
To repot, take the plant out of its pot and brush off excess moisture. Then fill a container with fresh potting mix and move the plant there.
I like to choose a pot that is one size larger (about 2 inches wider than the current pot). This is enough to give the plant room to grow without being too much.
Is It Toxic/Poisonous to Humans, Cats & Dogs
Yes, the Alocasia Pink Dragon is toxic to cats and dogs. However, it is not poisonous to the touch. Instead, the plant becomes toxic when ingested.
Therefore, it is a good idea to keep the plant away from your pets as they may accidentally consume parts of it.
This can cause swelling, irritation, pain and other digestive tract issues.
Alocasia Pink Dragon Problems & Troubleshooting
Spider mites, mealybugs and scale are the most common pests that will bother the Alocasia Pink Dragon.
These are all sap suckers which means they feed by taking the internal juices of the plant.
As such, your plants lose water and nutrients as they feed.
The thing is because these bugs are tiny, they don’t do a lot of damage when there are only few of them. However, they become dangerous when they grow in number.
The problem is, they populate very rapidly.
As such, it is important to regularly inspect your plant for pests.
And when you spot any, immediately treat with neem oil or insecticidal soap to get rid of them.
They are easier to eradicate when only a few of them are present. But become difficult to do get rid of when they’ve turned into an infestation.
Root rot is the primary problem you want to watch out.
That’s because it can destroy your plant’s roots.
Root rot occurs when there is too much water in the soil. This can happen if you water too frequently.
Similarly, if the soil holds on to too much moisture, the soil will get waterlogged causing overwatering.
Either way, the roots end up sitting in water for prolonged periods of time. This will prevent them from getting enough air to stay healthy.
And in the process rot.
Once they are damaged, roots stop functioning. Therefore, they cannot absorb water or nutrients from the soil no matter how much you water or fertilize it.