How to Grow & Care for Alocasia Reginula ‘Black Velvet’ (2024)

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Today I am here with an amazing guide for you that will help you in adding more extraordinary collections to your home garden. You might have heard of Alocasia Reginula’s ‘Black Velvet’ which is one of the favorite choices of all the gardeners. 

Alocasia Reginula is a plant that has great attractive foliage with velvet leaves covered with silver lines which looks eye catchy. You can even grow it in a small space as it will fit there and grow healthy.

So, let’s get started to know how to grow the Alocasia Reginula ‘Black Velvet’ with the help of this guide. 

Quick information
Common nameAlocasia black velvet, Black Velvet Elephant Ear, Little Queen Alocasia
Sunlight Bright indirect sunlight
Soil usedRich, quick-draining
Water requirementsWater when the top 2 to 3 inches of soil are dry
PruningOnly to remove dead leaves
Mature size 10 to 15 inches as a houseplant
Bloom TimeRarely flowers indoors

About Alocasia Reginula ‘Black Velvet’

Alocasia Reginula

Alocasia Reginula ‘Black Velvet’ is one of the plants that is everyone’s favorite choice as this plant is not demanding at all even if it can grow in small places too.

It tends to produce heart-structured leaves that look awesome. This species of Alocasia grows less slowly than its other varieties but it will cherish you with its results. 

How to grow Alocasia Reginula ‘Black Velvet’? 

Growing your plant with the stem cutringa is the easy method to grow a plant but not in the case with Alocasia Reginula. So, let’s know the process of growing this plant with the process of root division. Below are the steps; 

Via Root division

Step 1- Choose a sharp knife to cut off the root system of the plant. 

Step 2- Now, cut it into parts so that every part contains a bud. 

Step 3- Then choose a pot or more pots for each part to grow. 

Step 4- Now, it is right to replant them in different containers that are filled with water and well-drained soil. 

Step 5- Keep your containers in an area where they receive plenty of indirect sunlight for their growth.

Alocasia Reginula

How to care for Alocasia Reginula’s’ Black Velvet’?

When it comes to maintaining the growth of the plant, we become lazy as we have to come out of our comfort zone. 

But to keep your plant healthy, you have to feed it with a good amount of water, sunlight, humidity, etc. so that the plant grows healthy. With all your little efforts, your plant will do fine. 

Sunlight needs 

  •  Alocasia Reginula ‘Black Velvet’ does not like to grow in the full sun though it shines brighter if you provide it with 6-8 hours of sunlight in a day. 
  • It grows best when the filtered rays touch the plant indirectly through the tree’s canopy and make the plant happy.
  • The easy-facing window will be great for these plants and also about 10,000-20,000 lux of sunlight in a day. 
  • Make sure to keep the plant away from direct sun or full sun as it will harm the growth of the plant and damage its leaves. 

Watering needs

  • The general thumb rule when it comes to watering your plants is to water them when the top soil of the plant is dry about an inch.
  • You have to check this by inserting a finger in the soil and if it is not moist, then you have to water the plants. 
  • As you know in the Sabah rainforests, it tends to rain much, so the soil loves to remain moist, which means you have to water the plants more often. 
  • Pour the water at the base so that it spreads equally in the soil and make sure not to let the water sit in the pot as it can cause root rot in the plant.
  • In the time of summer, water your plant more often as the environment is humid so plants need more water than in the winter when they go into the dormant situation. 

Humidity and Temperature needs

  • Alocasia Reginula ‘Black Velvet’ tends to thrive in humid areas of about 90ºF or higher than this but temperature should not go below this as it is the average for this plant to grow. 
  • If you are comfortable in your room temperature then your plants also feel the same, between 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • During summer, you can place them in the shady areas outside of your garden so that they enjoy themselves there. 
  • The best humidity level for these plants is 80 to 90% all around the year so that they can grow vigorously.
  • The lowest level of humidity that they can bear is 50%, not less than this. 
  • When you observe the brown edges of the plant, it is a sign that the plant needs more humidity to grow. So, you can make use of a pebble tray filled with a tray and keep it under the pot so that it increases the humidity level in the plant. 
  • Last but not least, you can make use of a small humidifier for your plant to increase its humidity. 

Soil needs

  • Soil is needed by every plant so that the plant grows at its best, same is the case with Alocasia reginula, they tend to thrive well in spongy and porous soil.
  • They like to retain the moisture in the soil and also drain out smoothly so that the plant roots breathe properly. 
  • The ideal pH level for these plants lies between 5.5-6.5 which is mildly acidic. 
  • Also, making your soil mix will suit the plant. All you have to do is mix the peat moss or sphagnum moss with two parts of perlite and one part of orchid bark. 

Fertilizer needs

  • Alocasia Reginula does not ask for much fertilizer as they can do best in light fertilizer. 
  • Making use of a liquid plant fertilizer for your plant will be great, especially with a balanced fertilizer ratio of 15-15-15.
  •  Make sure to dilute the mixture so that it does not cause overfertilization in the plant. 
  • You have to feed them fertilizer after you water the plant so that it spreads equally in the plant by putting it at the base of the soil. 
  • You have to do it once time in a month in the time of summer and spring when the plant grows actively. 

Potting and repotting needs

  • Alocasia Regina likes to be repotted after the tenure of every 2-3 years so that the plant does not get infected by any diseases like root rot. 
  • As the plant grows slowly, it does not need much Repotting, so you have to wait until the roots of the plant fill fully in their place. 
  • Repotting of this plant is suggested at the time of early springtime as the plant grows actively in that season. 
  • Make sure to choose a pot one inch bigger than the previous one like a glazed pot that has suitable drainage holes so that the excess water in the plant drains out quickly. 

Pruning needs

  • Last but not least, another need of the plant is to be pruned off. They do not ask for much pruning like other plants.
  • The main reason behind the pruning of these plants is the removal of dead and affected leaves from the plant so that the plant grows freshly.
  • It will keep the pests away from the plant and regain the plant growth. 
  • Making use of sharp and sterilized scissors will be best for your plant as it will not cause infection in the plant. 

Wrapping up the context

In this guide, you coem to know about how to grow and care for Alocasia reginula which is one of the evergreen plants that is a famous houseplant as it tends to develop green foliage. It will cherish you with its magical leaves.

I hope you are clear with the process of growing Alocasia reginula and also how to maintain them. For any queries, you can scroll down the guide and I know you will be clear. 

Thanks for reading! Happy gardening!

Anna Scott

Anna Scott loves gardening and has been doing it for a long time. She wants to help new gardeners learn from her experience. Through her writing, she shares tips and advice on how to make gardens beautiful. Anna hopes her words will inspire new gardeners to succeed.

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