The leaves of the Alocasia 'Polly' are almost black with light veins. The leaves of the Ponytail palm are extraordinary, plus they purify the air. A stunning addition to your living room and bedroom! This jungle plant needs high humidity. Always keep the potting soil moist, without letting the plant stand in water. Spray the leaves at least once per week. This prevents the leaf edges from drying out. The Alocasia prefers moderate sunlight and so it should be placed in partial shade. During the summer, this plant can be set out on the patio or balcony as a container plant.
You have a variety of options upon receiving your Alocasia:
Take an attractive planter with holes in the base and cover the holes with potsherds or gravel and stand the Alocasia, still in its nursery pot in the planter. Water immediately.
Plant your Alocasia into a decorative planter - as long as it has holes for drainage and the holes are covered with potsherds or gravel. Plant in potting compost, at the correct depth and fill the pot with more potting compost. Press firmly down and water generously.
Just stand this houseplant in its nursery pot, on a saucer, then water directly. Don't allow it to stand in drain-off longer than 24 hours.
Place the pot in the light, somewhere in the living room. It can handle anything but the full blast of midday sun and standing above a radiator will also not be good for it. Do try and avoid draughts too. Never allow your Alocasia to dry out entirely.