Care Level: Plays Hard to Get
Pet Friendly: Warning
This collection of two large, impressive plants will instantly transform your space into a dream. This Alocasia Regal Shield and Fiddle Leaf Fig are both perfect floor plants. They are truly all you need to make any space feel like home.
Care Level: Plays Hard to Get
Pet Friendly: Warning
Indoors: Bright, indirect light Outdoors: Morning part shade (4-6 hours)
Keep the soil consistently moist (but not soggy). Let it dry between waterings on the top 1-2 inches of the soil.
Keep high humidity around this plant at an average of 65-80%. Add a gravel tray, or use a humidifier or group with other plants. Don't spritz as it can cause foliar disease.
The Elephant Ear 'Regal Shields' grows in its original environment at warm temperatures. Keep this plant away from any cold drafts or heating and air vents.
Take inside where temperatures fall below 59°F.
Add a balanced liquid fertilizer at a quarter strength when watering indoors during the growing season between spring and summer. Give it a rest during the winter months.
Repot the Alocasia Regal Shields when the plant is rootbound (more roots than soil) in early spring before growth starts.
Hydrate the plant in the pot before transplanting or dividing and let rest for an hour.
Plant in a 2" bigger container in diameter and slightly deeper than the existing planter.
Use an indoor container mix that is well-draining mixed with a third cactus mix for good drainage. Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball.
Lift the plant and inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, untangle the roots to alleviate continued encircling. Trim up the side of the root ball so new roots will form.
Ensure the plant is sitting about 1" below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage.
Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Do not cover the current level of soil on the plant but add soil up to this level.
Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. Add more soil after watering if the soil settles.
Before planting or repotting in a container, water the plant in the grower pot well.
Find a spot in the garden where there are at least 4-8 hours of direct sunlight each day.
Be generous by digging a hole twice the pot's width and 1 inch shorter than the grower pot to raise it above the soil level for good drainage.
Use a pitchfork or a sharp object to stab the soil walls to make several indentions for the roots to take hold.
Tickle the roots to loosen them if they wrap inside the container.
Place the plant in the center of the hole.
Fill the hole with water first, so the roots get another good drink.
Next, backfill with native soil mixed with compost by one-third to one-half (if the native soil is clay).
Add a rooting hormone fertilizer to this backfill mixture. Tamp the soil firmly down around the edges and mound up. Avoid covering the original soil level of the plant that was in the container.
Add mulch as needed but not next to the stem or branches of the plant.
Water lightly. Continue to observe the soil moisture each day, depending on the temperatures and soil drainage.
To clean the leaves, put in a sink, and use filtered water in a watering container to shower over the leaves to knock the dust off. After cleaning the leaves, remove any dead leaves or debris on the surface of the soil. At this time, keep a lookout for pests and treat or remove them. Refreshen soil mixture if needed.
Prune away dead, damaged, or diseased leaves down to the stem base with sterile pruners. Maintain the long vines as a full and bushy vine by trimming every few months or leave them to grow longer. As they thin out on the stem, trim back. Use the cuttings to propagate more plants!
Take stem cuttings from the parent plant. Cut with sterile scissors below the leaf node with at least two joints. Dip in rooting hormone and place it in moist soilless potting soil. Cover with a clear plastic bag to retain moisture and humidity while it roots. Keep the cutting in warm, medium to bright indirect light. After three weeks, check the rooting of the baby cutting by pulling gently on the leaf. If it's snug, then roots are forming. Keep it covered until new growth appears. Remove the clear bag at this point and keep moist and humidity levels high while it matures.
Alternatively, place root cuttings in a container with water and maintain indoor temperatures at 65° to 72° F. Change the water weekly as the roots form to eliminate bacteria from forming. The cuttings will root within a four to eight week time period. Once there is a significant root mass of 3-4 inches, transplant into a container mix in a 4-6" pot.
Medium to bright indirect light. Never direct sunlight.
Enjoys being on the moist, but not soggy side.
Enjoys high humidity. Spritz occasionally.
Avoid cold drafts under 50°F and no hotter than 95°F during the day.
Outside: Grow in early morning sun (2-4 hours) where nights are above 50°F.
Indoors: The Fiddle Leaf Fig prefers bright, indirect light for at least six hours in a southern, eastern and western windows.
Fertilize once a month during the growing spring and summer with a balanced liquid fertilizer or topical granular soil fertilizer. Let the plant rest in the fall and winter.
When receiving the plant, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months or if the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes.
Repot in the spring, using a 2" bigger pot to keep the roots drier. (Too big of a pot could cause the soil to dry slower, which is not helpful.) Use a well-draining indoor potting mix with perlite to help with drainage.
Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour. Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen.
Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling.
Note: If your Fiddle Leaf Fig has outgrown its space inside, cut back the roots by 20% to stunt its growth and add new potting soil to the existing container.
Ensure the plant is sitting about 1" below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over.
Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil.
Gently wipe clean with a soft, damp cloth or paper towel. Work gently from the stem's base toward the leaf's tip, cleaning both sides at once. After cleaning the leaves, remove any dead leaves or debris on the surface of the soil.
Refreshen the soil mixture if needed.
Prune away damaged or diseased leaves down to the stem base with sterile scissors. To prune the Fiddle Leaf Fig, cut between two nodes (where the leaves emerge from the stem). Here the plant will stimulate new growth and branch into two stems, and form young leaves making the fig bushier. Use the pruned stems for propagation.
Take a cutting between two nodes (where the leaves emerge from the stem) with several leaves on the cutting.
Cut the leaves in half in order.
Place the cuttings in a clean glass jar filled with filtered or bottled water and place in a bright, indirect light spot. Change the water each week. After several weeks, white spots will begin to appear on the stem and after approximately 6-8 weeks, roots will emerge.
Use a pot with drainage. and place the roots and stem in damp, well-draining, moist potting soil mix and tamp down around the stem securing it.
Place the stem at least 1-2 inches down into the soil. Set it in bright, indirect sunlight while they are rooting.
Check the moisture and humidity each day and add misting to keep the soil moist while the roots establish.
After 6-8 weeks, roots will begin to establish. You can tug onto the stem to ensure the roots are secure.
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