Compare other alocasia varieties with Reversa and you will know why we called it alocasia Reversa. On other alocasia plants, the leaves are darker than the veins. But when you look at this plant you will observe that the veins at the middle of the leaves are darker green than the rest of the leaf.
This is why we called it reversa alocasia plant.
Between other plants of the same genus, you can easily identify this plant from its leaves. It looks purely different than normal plants.
Bright indoor light, moderate watering and occasional fertilizing is the secret to success. Maintain the constant temperature in the grow room. Spray neem oil once in 30 days to protect it from common houseplant pests and fungus problems.
It is small size plant, which makes it best for the indoor environment. Give it good care and its leaves will easily grow up to 8 inches. Fertilize it with a liquid organic fertilizer in the active season. Your plant will easily reach 16 inches in height.
Reversa plant is manageable even for beginners. No need to trim it because the large size leaves are disease-resistant leaves. they will not easily turn yellow or brown.
Just give it good light, water it on time and your plant will produce beautiful leaves. For green and vibrant colors use liquid fertilizer. Dilute it more than the recommended guidelines for extra safety of the plant. To protect it from sunburn, place the plant pot in indirect light.
Further details are discussed below
It is hard to arrange appropriate light for some tropical plants. Your Alocasia reversa plant only needs bright but indirect light. This is easy to arrange because we all use LED ceiling lights and they are enough bright for this plant.
It cannot handle too much direct sunlight. The light that the sun emits is sharp for the plant. If you really care for your plant then expose it to sunlight but only in the morning. In the morning the sun emits soft light waves. These light waves go deep into the plant and make it strong and improve its disease-resistant power.
If you do not have time for this practice, you can simply place it near the sunny window sill. Maintain the 2-meter distance between the plant and the sunny spot.
You need potting soil that is good with draining and aeration. Both qualities are necessary for a healthy Reversa plant.
Coarse sand + Perlite + Peats in equal parts is the standard formula to grow alocasias.
Alocasia reversa is not picky about the potting soil. You can use any brand of aroid potting soil. Such soil acts as a miracle for alocasia plants.
I use a moisture control potting mix of Miracle-Gro brand. They include brilliant ingredients in the formula and it works best for my alocasia plants.
Do not try to make your general potting mix aroid by adding sand or other ingredients. This will not work for the plants. And your garden soil will also not work for the houseplants like reversa.
Just protect your plant from overwatering and it will never face any issue. Tropical plants do not like to live in soggy soil. This is the reason I recommend fast-draining soil. A few dry conditions are ok for the plant.
Water it regularly in the summer season and cut back water to once per week in winters.
For your plant safety check the soil condition before watering it. The soil should be dry and contain less moisture. Then you can water your plant.
Root rot is the main problem in these plants. It is only triggered by wet and water-logged soil. This is only possible when you use the wrong soil, or you give extra water to your plants, or your plant pot does not have a bottom hole.
In its active growing season fertilize it for a good and strong plant structure. In spring and summer, plants need a nutrient boost because they grow their stems and leaves.
Never fertilize reversa alocasia in winters.
You need a fertilizer that contains high content of nitrogen. I simply use foliage plant fertilizer for my foliage plants. These fertilizers have a balanced percentage of all essential ingredients. They are also cheaper than blooming and general fertilizers.
To use it, simply dilute the fertilizer in clean water and pour it into the base of the plant. Remember that liquid types are good for container-grown plants. Never use granular or powdered type nutrients.
Temperature & Humidity
The temperature will not be an issue if you have the plant pot inside your home. Because it needs temperature in between 55 to 85 degrees F. This is the general home temperature range of our houses.
If you place the pot outside then you need to bring it inside just before the winters. When you feel the winds are getting cold and the night temperature is dropping. Immediately bring your plant pot inside and keep it in a comfortable location.
The difficult part is maintaining the correct level of air moisture in the grow room.
In the natural habitat, the reversa plant stays in humidity above 70 %. This is the reason its cousins in the jungle are taller and wider.
We have our home humidity between 40 to 65 %. It can stand in humidity above 50% but for low humidity, you need to use plant humidifiers. They are easily available on amazon.
Once you have brought this plant home you will not need to repot it for the next 2 years. This plant naturally likes to live in little bit congested places.
Slight root bounds are good for the container plants. You only need to transfer it to the new home when you see visible root on the top surface. Or when the roots are coming out of the bottom hole and the plant feels uncomfortable.
Take 2 inches wide and deep pot, also change the potting soil.
In fresh soil, your plant will feel happy and this increases the life span of a plant.
For effective and successful propagation, you must wait for the repotting of the plant. At the time of the repotting divide the shoots and use them to multiply this plant.
Plant each division in the new pot in fresh potting soil and keep the soil moist. Protect them from direct sunlight. To speed up the development of new roots you must place the plant pots in high humidity.
Within 8 to 9 weeks the division starts looking well established in the pots. This means the new roots are there in the pot and your propagation is successful.
The care techniques and needs of alocasia reversa are the same as other alocasia plants.
Moist soil, less watering, on-time fertilizing, and indirect bright light are the basic care steps of every alocasia plant. For other alocasia plant care guides check our houseplant section.