Here is my contribution to Indoor Plants .
This is my Habarala ( Alocasia ) plant that I have been nurturing for a
few years , from a small plant that my son gave me, that he rescued from a
pile of plants to be thrown out to compost at his place of work .
It is placed in a it a large a water container, that is an old fridge
basket that I picked up from someone elses’s garbage throw out on the curb .
I keep the pot out doors as soon as it gets warm in late spring ( mid -late
may ) .
Use a heavy 20- 20 -20 fertiliser to promote large leaves .
The rain water does it a world of good
I bring it indoors in mid October – and it will be indoors till the
These big leaves- stay on till next year .
A new leaf appeared a few days ago- nov 4th .
You can see how tall the plant is – I am 5 ft tall, and the plant is 7 ft
An older much smaller leaf that came out in late april- is now fading off
, as you can see in one of the photos .
I water it only when the water level in the basket dries out, but, I do
pour out my tea pot + leaves on to it every other day .
Perhaps the acidic tannic acid of the tea leaves also helps in its growth-
as it simulates the natural boggy wet acidic conditions of the tropics .
I have placed my comfy chair virtually under this huge umbrella like
leaves, and do my day light reading, day dreaming , in the winter months,
pretending I am out doors in a tropical garden !
This is a very inasive plant as you all know, and I hear that it is not
permitted to be grown in Florida-
Sam- and others who live in Florida can correct me on this .
When I leave for Arizona in late Jan- I lower the house temp down to 58 –
60 deg F, water the plant well , and once in Februraly, my son will come
to check the house etc and give it and my other house plants a good
watering , and then I return 1st April and water them again .
So, the lesson here is – house plants are very hardy- as long as they are
not over watered , and the house not too , too warm in the winter .
My Indoor plants are there fore watered only Once a Month – for the 8 wks
I am away , provided the house temp is low .
The only way to kill a house plant is to drown it !
This plant is a very popular out door ornamental garden plant and the City
of Toronto has real huge ones growing in huge cement tubs, in city parks
and on University Avenue, where all the big Toronto Hospitals are located .
Enjoy the good old Habarala plant with a new life in Canada !