Alocasia Black Velvet Care Tips

Basic Information

NameAlocasia Black Velvet
LightBright indirect, 6 hours per day
Temperature15-27ºC | 60-80ºF
Humidity> 60%
Soil/MediumWell-draining, allow top half to dry before watering
alocasia black velvet

The Alocasia Black Velvet is a striking plant with deep, dark, heart-shaped leaves that are sure to catch your eye. This plant is known for its rich, velvety leaves marked with faint silver lines. It’s not just a plant. Like all Jewel Alocasias, the Black Velvet variety requires a bit more attention, particularly when it comes to humidity. To thrive, it needs a moist environment that mimics its tropical origins.

Keep reading to discover the essentials of caring for this stunning houseplant!


Alocasia Black Velvet prospers in bright, indirect light for about six hours daily. While it can survive in lower light, the plant truly shines when given enough indirect sunlight.


These plants like to stay moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top half of the soil to dry out before watering thoroughly. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from sitting at the bottom, as this can lead to root rot.


The Pink Princess Philodendron flourishes in nutrient-rich, light, and slightly porous soil. Avoid the commoner’s garden topsoil and opt for a high-quality indoor potting mix without moisture-retaining crystals to prevent the dreaded root rot.


A warm climate is where Alocasia Black Velvet feels most comfortable, ideally between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep it away from drafty areas and direct airflow from heaters or air conditioners.


Alocasia Black Velvet thrives in high humidity, preferably around 60% or more. Use a humidifier or a pebble tray filled with water to boost the moisture in the air around the plant.


Feed your Alocasia with 1/4 liquid fertilizer during its growth period in the warmer months. Opt for a balanced fertilizer or natural options like seaweed or fish emulsion. Remember, the plant goes dormant in the cold months, so no fertilizer is needed then.

Growth Rate

While Alocasia Black Velvet is a slow grower, it can reach about 20 inches tall once it’s fully grown. It remains a relatively small and manageable houseplant.

Pet Safety

Be cautious: Alocasia Black Velvet is toxic to pets.

Grow in Semi-Hydro

  • Alocasia plants excel in Semi-hydroponics (LECA/Pon) due to their natural inclination for root growth and humidity.
  • Successfully transitioning Alocasia to Semi-hydroponics is enhanced with a Nutrient Stagnant Wicking (NSW) setup.
  • Alocasia roots adapt seamlessly to the water in LECA/Pon, with quick resolution of any root hair issues in NSW setups.
  • Fertilizer includes a nutrient mix concentration of approximately 800-1000ppm.
  • These plants are versatile in different temperature and humidity settings, thriving in controlled environments.
  • Long-term care involves maintaining a constant water reservoir and performing occasional system flushes for sustained growth.


  • Use neem oil regularly on the plant and soil to prevent pest infestations.
  • Keep the leaves clean with a soft, damp cloth to support photosynthesis and plant health.
  • Don’t rush to report as Alocasia Black Velvet prefers being slightly root-bound. Only report when the roots start to outgrow the current pot.
  • With the right care, your Alocasia Black Velvet will be a stunning, thriving addition to your indoor plant collection.

Happy planting! 🌱

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I am a devoted plant lover who's mastered the art of growing houseplants in semi-hydroponic setups. Passionate about LECA potting, I enjoy sharing expert tips and insights through this blog to help fellow plant enthusiasts thrive. When not watching my indoor jungle, I am busy experimenting with new, sustainable ways to achieve plant perfection.

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