This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
If this Alocasia was to get anything like the good treatment bestowed upon the finer species of this genus, cultivators would be well repaid for the extra care, for, although a plant which will grow under more adverse circumstances than many of the other Alocasias, still it is only when good treatment is given it that its true beauty is seen. The leaves grow about six inches long, the ground color a glaucous green, between the principle veins are blotches of black. For soil, a good mixture of peat and sphagnum moss, with a number of small pieces of charcoal through it, is most suitable; plenty of drainage is requisite, and makes the best plant when grown in a pan. During its season of growth it requires, to bring out the true markings, a high temperature and plenty of moisture, as red spider is a great enemy when grown in a dry atmosphere. When at rest do not keep it in a low temperature, but withhold giving too much, water at the roots.