Alocasia Silver Dragon Care Tips

Basic Information

NameAlocasia Silver Dragon
LightMedium to bright indirect
Temperature55-80°F | 13-27°C, up to 95°F | 35°C
Soil/MediumWell-draining mix, all-purpose soil, perlite, orchid bark
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Discover the lush world of the Alocasia Silver Dragon, a stunning plant with its distinct silver-veined leaves. Originally from tropical regions, this plant is a real treasure for any indoor plant lover. Let’s explore the basics of caring for your Alocasia Silver Dragon to make sure it flourishes and brings a touch of exotic charm to your living space.


Alocasia Silver Dragon thrives in medium to bright indirect light. Its leaves can get damaged if exposed to direct sunlight, while weak growth is caused by low light. The best spot for this plant is near a window facing east or west to get optimal exposure. Even though the plant can tolerate some direct sunlight indoors, avoiding direct sunlight is recommended, especially during summer when the indoor light intensity is higher.


Water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Alocasia Silver Dragon doesn’t like to dry out completely, yet over-watering can be harmful. Water frequency should be higher during active growth in spring and summer, and reduced in the dormant winter period.


This plant thrives in a well-draining, chunky potting mix. All-purpose potting soil, perlite, orchid bark blend works well. 

Tip: LECA is a convenient alternative sustainable, porous, light potting mix that Alocasias do well in.

So go ahead and run the extra mile by tossing in some other soil amendments such as peat moss, coco coir, and garden compost. This will not only harbor good bacteria in the soil for better growth but will also improve soil texture and drainage.


Keep it warm, between 55°F and 80°F. Alocasia Silver Dragon is sensitive to cold drafts and temperature fluctuations, so maintains steady warmth. It can tolerate up to 95°F if kept adequately watered.


High humidity, around 60-80%, is essential. Use a humidifier or place the plant in naturally humid spots like bathrooms. Misting can also help in drier environments.


Fertilize bimonthly during the growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Nitrogen-rich fertilizers encourage leaf growth, and bone meal supplements provide essential nutrients.

Growth Rate

Alocasia Silver Dragon grows at a moderate pace. It regularly produces new leaves under optimal care. Ensure proper lighting and care routines to maintain steady growth.

Pet Safety

Alocasia plants contain irritants that are harmful if ingested. Keep the Silver Dragon away from pets and children to avoid any accidental ingestion.

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.
  • Fertilizers protocol 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.


  • Rotate the plant for even growth.
  • Prune to encourage new growth and maintain size.
  • Repot every 2-3 years to refresh the soil and accommodate root growth.
  • Watch for pest infestations and act quickly to prevent spread.

Follow these care guidelines, and your Alocasia Silver Dragon will be a stunning, healthy addition to your indoor garden. Explore more about plant care to enhance your green thumb skills!

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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