An In-Depth Study On Alocasia Sumo 

Last Updated on August 22, 2022 by Griselda M.

In this article, we will look at alocasia sumo, what type of plant it is, where it grows and the requirements it needs to thrive.

Alocasia Sumo is a herbaceous perennial plant in the family Araceae that can grow 10 feet tall or taller. It is an ornamental plant that makes a beautiful focal point in your home or garden. Also known as Elephant Ear, it has large green-burgundy leaves. 

Alocasia Sumo is a rare, new cross of Alocasia Purple Cloak and Alocasia Portora.  It will need to be repotted once the plant has filled the pot, which is generally every two years to keep it healthy. 

It grows best in well-drained soil with a good amount of organic matter.  Alocasia Sumo will not tolerate any wet conditions, as this can cause rot.  It does do best in an area with bright, indirect sunlight.

Alocasia Sumo has a lot of foliage and thrives in temperatures between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity.  Though it does best in bright, indirect sunlight, it will also grow in partial shade. 

The Alocasia Sumo is a great plant to grow indoors. It can also be grown outdoors in the right environment as it is deer and rabbit resistant. It is winter hardy in USDA zones 8-11.

Growing Alocasia Sumo
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Alocasia plants are native to tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and eastern Australia. It is a genus of 80 species of tuberous, herbaceous perennials. 

Alocasia Sumo plants are generally easy to care for and can be very rewarding to grow. However, the plant does not do well in cold weather or in areas indoors where it will get cold drafts. It should be watered when the top two inches of soil are dry.

Growing Alocasia Sumo

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Is Alocasia Sumo Edible?

Alocasia Sumo is toxic to humans and animals, so it should not be eaten. Since the plant contains calcium oxalate crystals, it will irritate the mouth and esophagus if consumed. If you eat Alocasia Sumo, you may experience excessive drooling, swelling of the mouth, and vomiting. 

Alocasia is often planted in pots or tubs and then transplanted outside once the plants have been established. There are several varieties of alocasia that are available today, including Alocasia Amazonica, Alocasia Micholitziana, Alocasia Reginula, and Alocasia Infernalis.

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Cultivation

Alocasia plants are easy to grow from seed pods and can be started in pots or tubs indoors or outdoors. Pots with good drainage are best for growing Alocasia.  If the soil is too wet and there is no drainage then this can cause serious problems for your plant.

When repotting Alocasia, it is best to remove the plant from its original container and then transplant it into a new container.  The original container should be discarded or used for another purpose.

To ensure proper drainage, adding a layer of sphagnum moss or peat moss between the soil and the roots can be beneficial.  After repotting, water your Alocasia plant.

Alocasia plants can be fertilized regularly with a  fertilizer like 10-10-10.  Fertilizer should generally be applied every other month during the growing season.

Repotting is usually done in early spring before the growing season begins. Be sure to always choose a pot with good drainage. Your new pot should be at least two inches larger than your last one. 

In Conclusion – Alocasia Sumo

The Alocasia Sumo is a plant that many gardeners love to grow.  It is easy to grow, and it produces beautiful foliage.

It should be grown in well-draining soil in an area where it will get bright indirect sunlight.  You should fertilize it every other month during the growing season in most cases. 

Alocasia Sumo is a great plant to grow indoors but be careful as it is toxic to people and pets.  It is a great addition to any garden.

FAQs

How big do Alocasia grow?

Alocasia can easily grow to reach 10 feet tall or taller. These upward-pointing, dark green-burgundy leaves are huge and grow up to 4 feet long and at 2.5 feet wide.

What is the largest Alocasia?

Hotta, the largest Alocasia species as its leaves can reach nearly 20 feet long and be more than nine feet wide across the lamina.

How do you take care of Alocasia sumo?

The Sumo variety needs adequate water and nutrients to keep it growing. It requires little attention and can be grown in a pot or in the ground. It needs well draining soil and should be watered when the top two inches of soil are dry.

Can Alocasia be grown indoors?

Yes, Alocasia can be grown indoors. Keep the soil moist and the temperature at around 65 to 75 degrees Farenheit.

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