Alocasia Odora Variegata Care: Guide On Most Popular Houseplant In America

Alocasia Odora Variegata Care
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Alocasia Odora Variegata is a beautiful tropical plant that has been a very popular houseplant for a decade now. This article provides you with some essential information on this beautiful plant and its care.

The Alocasia Odora Variegata, a beautiful tropical plant, has been a very popular houseplant! The Alocasia Odora Variegata, also known as Elephant’s Ear, is a member of the Araceae family. It has around 80 species and can grow in many different sizes.

There are many great options, and each plant is different. You can’t go wrong when you choose a plant from this family.

You will love caring for your Elephant Ear plant.

This indoor plant is excellent for beginners as it requires very little maintenance.

Continue reading to learn everything you need about caring for this beautiful plant.

What is Alocasia Odora Varegata?

Alocasia Odora Variegata, a cultivar from Alocasia Odora, produces beautiful white variegations. It is also known as “Albo Variegata” and “Variegated Elephant Ears.” Its scientific name is Alocasia.

Macrorrhiza Variegata: That’s too many names for one plant!

This table will help you understand the situation better.

Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Aroideae
Genus: Alocasia
Species Odora
Cultivar: Variegata

It is a beautiful plant from Eastern Australia, Asia’s tropical and subtropical regions. It is now easy to find them anywhere, as they are low-maintenance plants that have become very popular with plant enthusiasts.

The variegated Alocasia Odora is sometimes referred to as a dwarf tree. However, this is not true.

The plant can grow to 8 feet tall if given the right conditions. However, it can grow to 3 feet tall depending on the environment it is placed in.

If you grow your Alocasia plants in a small container, they won’t have enough room to develop and grow. Therefore, once it reaches a specific size, it will stop growing.

It can grow to 8 feet tall and 4ft wide if it has enough room.

Stems and Leaves

These plants are loved for their beautiful leaves. They are eye-catching and will capture the attention of everyone who sees them. It’s like therapy for me to get lost in the contrasting colors.

Large dark green leaves are the Alocasia Odora Variegata. They have white striations. Each leaf is unique and shaped like a heart, making them even more attractive.

Mother Nature is the greatest artist of all!

The leaves will not fall off in the colder seasons and will remain the same throughout the year. This feature is common to almost all succulents.

Strong stems support these large leaves, but they aren’t as admirable as camouflage patterns leave.

This plant has all these characteristics and fragrant flowers that blossom in spring and summer, making it even more attractive!

Growing Habits

It takes about 2 to 3 months for new plants to mature. They reach a height of around 3 feet. If your plant has enough space, it will continue to develop.

Albo Variegata, an evergreen plant that can grow all year round, is known as the Albo Variegata. They do tend to go dormant in winter.

Alocasia Odora Variegata Care Guide

This plant is easy to care for and requires very little maintenance. However, it is important to maintain this plant’s health and happiness.

Let’s take you through the steps of caring for this beautiful plant.

1. Soil Requirements

Alocasia Odora Variegata thrives on well-draining soil. It thrives in acidic and neutral soils, with pH levels between 5.6 and 7.5.

Remember to test the soil before you plant to determine the pH. Loamy soil is the best, but you can still buy the right potting mix to grow your Aroid plants.

Perlite, peat moss, bark, and bark should all be included in the potting mix. You can make your potting mixture. However, ensure that it is not too sandy or heavy and retains water well.

This plant is costly (it can sell for as high as $250 on Etsy), so I recommend investing in good soil. It is an essential part of plant care. It’s not worth spending so much on the plant to get poor soil.

2. Water requirements

The Albo Variegata loves to have moist soil. This would mean soil that is neither too dry nor too wet. Establishing a regular watering schedule can be difficult because of the many factors that affect water requirements, such as temperature, humidity, and other variables.

It is best to check the soil before you water it. Simply use your finger to check if the soil’s top 2 inches have dried. If so, it is time to water! I recommend waiting a few days before watering soil that is still moist.

My Alocasia is watered once a week. However, my friend, who lives in another country, has to water it twice a week, sometimes even three times.

He lives in a different climate, which means you don’t know when to water your Alocasia plants other than checking the soil.

Overwatering can cause root rot and can lead to plant death.

3. You only need to have light requirements.

It all depends on the leaf variegation regarding light requirements for Alocasia Odora Variegata.

This means that leaves with more white spots than green will need more indirect and bright light because there is no chlorophyll.

These white patches cannot perform photosynthesis, so the green parts must do all the hard work!

Photosynthesis is essential for plants to produce energy. If the leaves are covered in white spots, the plant won’t have enough nutrients and energy for survival.

They love bright indirect light but can tolerate some direct sunlight.

Avoid putting your Albo plant in direct sunlight. This could burn the leaves and cause variegation loss.

If the room does not have enough direct or indirect sunlight, I recommend that you use artificial grower lighting to make up for it.

However, placing your Alocasia Odora Variegata in an east-facing window is best.

4. Temperature requirements

These tropical plants are derived from areas of Eastern Australia and Asia. The best temperature would be in these regions, which is relatively high!

These tropical regions have temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, Alocasia Odora Variegata can survive temperatures as high as 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

This plant is not frost-hardy and can freeze to death if left too cold. It’s better to keep your Albo Variegata indoors in the colder months.

Your plant will go dormant if it is continually exposed to lower temperatures. Then the leaves will start falling off, and the plant will eventually die. This can happen from cold drafts coming in through open windows, cooling fans, or air conditioners.

5. Humidity requirements

These tropical plants thrive in high humidity. It can be challenging to grow tropical houseplants indoors.

The recommended humidity level for this tropical beauty is 70%. However, your Alocasia may thrive in higher humidity! Low humidity levels should be avoided as this can affect your plant’s overall health and growth. If you notice leaves curling, it is a sign that the humidity has dropped below 70%.

There are many ways to increase the humidity level in your home. You can purchase a humidifier which is the easiest.

You can mist your plants if you don’t wish to use a humidifier. Misting is done by spraying warm water on the leaves’ surface and undersides in the morning.

You can also create a Pebble tray to increase humidity. This is done by placing pebbles on a tray and adding water. You place the Pebble tray underneath, so the water evaporates and goes directly to the plant.

You could also place your Alocasia Odora Variegata in the bathroom, as it is the most humid area in most homes. Your bathroom should have a window to provide indirect light for your plant.

6. Fertilizer Requirements

This rare plant doesn’t require a lot of fertilization. It isn’t a heavy feeder. The growing season is from spring through summer, so it should be fertilized only. Fertilization is not necessary as the Alocasia goes into dormancy in winter.

Either liquid fertilizer or granular can be used in small amounts. However, in each case, you must apply it once per month during the growing season.

You should spray liquid fertilizer at least 6 inches from your plant. You don’t want it to get any closer than that, as it could burn the roots and leaves.

A nitrogen-rich fertilizer is recommended as it encourages new leaf growth. The NPK fertilizer contains equal amounts of nitrogen and potassium.

Also, I recommend that you purchase a high-quality fertilizer. This plant is high-quality and deserves high-quality fertilizers. Over-fertilizing can cause damage to your plant’s health.

7. Repotting

Alocasia Odora Variegata should always be repotted, preferably in a larger pot. You should ensure the pot has drainage holes in the bottom to allow for drainage.

The Albo Variegata likes moist soil that drains well. Sometimes, the soil becomes too compact, leading to poor air circulation. To allow for this, you can poke holes into the plant.

What container is best for Alocasia Odora Variegata’s Alocasia Odora Variegata flower?

These plants are a dwarf type, so they don’t require large pots to support their roots or shoots. If you’re repotting an Alocasia plant from the ground, ensure that it is placed in a pot at least one inch larger than the one you have.

You might notice roots emerging from the drainage holes. This is usually a sign that your plant requires more space. So, you may want to buy a larger pot, perhaps 2 to 3 inches bigger than yours.

You can choose ceramic, terracotta, or any other heavy-duty material as your material. It is essential to support your plant’s growth as it grows quite large.

Although it feels like I’ve already told you about drainage holes a million times, it is super important that your Alocasia grow in a pot with drainage holes. So here we go again!

8. Pruning

Alocasia Odora variegata is more difficult to prune than other indoor plants. They will not grow new leaves during winter, so they can be left alone.

To ensure you have enough room to grow new leaves, get rid of any dead or damaged leaves before the start of the growing season.

You should immediately get rid of any leaves that are discolored. This could indicate infection.

Alocasia Odora Variegata Propagation

Albo Variegata can be a rare and expensive plant, so it is best to propagate it. It could be given to a friend or sold.

You don’t need to worry about a plant going sour because you already have another plant.

You must know that plants with completely white leaves should not be propagated. If your plant has too many white leaves, it will not be able to produce enough photosynthesis to sustain it after it is grown.

You should ensure that the plant is propagated when it has nearly equal amounts of white and green propagation.

Early spring is the best time to propagate your plant. This is because there weren’t any baby plants during winter and, therefore, no potential for damage to the propagation process.

To kill two birds with one, it is recommended that propagation be performed when repotting.

The method of propagating this plant involves separating the rhizomes from the roots and placing them in a new container. This is an easy process that should not cause any harm to the mother plant. After you are done, you will have a healthy and new baby plant.

These steps will help you successfully propagate Alocasia Odora Variegata.

1. It is easier to propagate Alocasia if the soil isn’t too dry.

2. First, take the plant out of the pot. Next, remove the soil.

3. Start by looking at the root ball. Then, start to separate the rhizomes suitable for propagation. Cut only the rhizomes, and do not damage the rest of your roots.

4. Place the mother plant back in the soil. If you’re repotting the mother plant, you can also place it in a different pot.

5. Place the rhizomes on prepared soil. Make sure they are upright. To prevent it from falling to one side, apply pressure to it.

6. It should be watered well, and you must follow the instructions for plant care. This applies to all new plants.

This video will help you if you prefer visual instructions.

How do you know if the propagation was successful?

You will see little sprouts after a few weeks if you have planted the Rhizomes correctly and followed the correct plant care guide.

Keep watering your plant and fertilize it. The new leaves will rapidly develop from the tiny sprouts, and your whole plant should be established soon.

Alocasia Odora variegata: Common Problems

The Albo Variegata isn’t very susceptible to many pests or diseases. This sounds great until you discover the reason: its toxicity! Ingestion of this plant can lead to poisoning.

Although I am certain you wouldn’t eat houseplants all day, it can be hard to explain to pets and children that this is the case.

Even though it is toxic, Alocasia Odora Variegata can be a pest to scales, mealybugs, and bacteria.

The leaves can also change due to poor conditions like over- or under-fertilizing, over-fertilizing, and insufficient sunlight.


This rare plant can be toxic and dangerous if it is ingested. Crystals are known as calcium oxide cause inflammation and swelling of the throat, tongue, and mouth. This can cause severe pain and stomach aches.

If it comes in contact with the skin, it can cause a painful rash. This is why gloves are recommended when you propagate or repot this plant.

Bacteria can also infect Alocasia Odora Variegata leaves. Pets and children should be kept away from your Alocasia houseplant.

Pests and Diseases

As we have already mentioned, your plant may be susceptible to certain diseases and pests. This is where toxicity comes in because it drives away many insects and pests.

Some pests, like scales or spider mites, simply won’t care. They will attack anyway.


If there is anything sticky in your plant, it could be scaled. Scales produce sticky honeydew, which attracts ants.

To get rid of them, dip cotton in rubbing alcohol and rub it on the leaves. This is where scales are located.

Spider Mites

Spider mites may be the culprit if your plant acts strangely during winter. They attack in the colder months.

Increased humidity and leaf showers may keep them from infiltrating.

They can be quickly removed using Neem oil and Rubbing alcohol. We do not recommend that you use alcohol in emergencies.

These annoying pests can be eliminated using soap solutions.

The best way to keep bugs away is to spray insecticide now and again on your leaves.

Root Rot

Root rot is another common problem with Alocasias. It can be difficult to know when your houseplant needs to be watered.

Root rot is a condition that causes yellowing and a strange odor in the soil.

Root rot can be fatal for your Alocasia. It is caused by excessive watering.

Root rot can be a severe problem. Take the plant out of its pot and remove any damaged roots. Then, fill it with the appropriate soil.


Another fungal infection that can cause problems is rust. This is known for leaving red or brown spots on the leaves, similar to rusty metallics.

This can happen for two reasons: your plant isn’t receiving enough sunlight, or its temperature has dropped.

It is logical to place it in a bright area. However, this will make the disease worse and ultimately kill your plant.

Take out any damaged leaves to get rid of rust. It is important to let the plant dry completely before you water it again.

Bacteria Xanthomonas

It is also possible to notice an invasion of Xanthomonasbacterium. This causes darkening on the leaves and sometimes a yellow circle.

Copper-containing fungicides and bacterial sprays could be used to treat it. However, cutting out infected leaves is the best way to eliminate the infection.

Tip: Remove any spots or discolorations from your Alocasia Odora Variegata leaves immediately to stop them from spreading. In case of pest infestation, keeping your plants apart would be a good idea.

Changes in the Color of Leaves

The color of your Alocasia plants leaves can change if they receive too or not enough light. Insufficient lighting might cause browning or paling of the leaves.

Too much sunlight can cause leaves to appear paler and even lose their variegations.

Watering problems could also be a reason. If your leaves start to turn yellowish or dry, you likely have overwatered or underwatered the plant. It all depends on how often you water your plants.

Even if you’ve done everything correctly, the problem could be temperature. You could have a plant that is too hot, too cold, or subject to constant temperature fluctuations.

Leaves falling off

Oh no! This plant was purchased for its beautiful variegated foliage. Now they are falling off! Is there a reason for this?

Inadequate growing conditions are what cause houseplant leaves to fall off. You could overwater your houseplant, making the soil soggy.

Another issue is improper drainage. Your Alocasia plant doesn’t like soggy soil.

It is important to check that the topsoil is not dried and water it only when it is. It is vital to water the plants properly.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • What plants are related to the Alocasia Odora Variegata plant?

Albo variegata isn’t the only plant that has white spots. Monstera deliciosa Albo, a Monstera species, also has white spots.

A few varieties of Philodendron are also available that can be used in conjunction with Alocasia plants.

These types are not the only ones. A few plants of the genus Alocasia are often grown with the Alocasia Odora Variegata. They go well together!

Alocasia and Colocasia are often mistaken for each other, even though they are completely different species.

  • What makes the Alocasia Odora Varegata leaves different from other Alocasias?

The unique striations in the leaves make this plant a sought-after one. The leaves are heart-shaped and have different white or green spots that give them a marble appearance.

These leaves are larger than other Alocasia varieties and are evergreen. This means they can be found all year!

  • What is the color of the Alocasia Odora Variegata stem?

The stems are sturdy and pale green, with a color somewhere between white and green. The stems are often overlooked in favor of the beautiful leaves.

Conclusion On Alocasia Odora Variegata Care

Alocasia Odora Variegata is one of my favorite houseplants! They can transform any room with their stunning variegated foliage!

It’s a very expensive plant, but I believe it’s worth every penny. Although watering can be tricky, the rest of the requirements for this plant are easy and will keep it happy and healthy.

It is easy to propagate Alocasia Odora Varegata. After successful propagation, you will have at least two Alocasia Odoras Variegatas to gift or to sell for money.

It is toxic, which means it is resistant to many insects and pests. You won’t need to worry about them ruining your plants, but you should be aware of mealybugs and spider mites.

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