The Alocasia tiny dancer looks like something straight out of a fairy tale. Its curved stems and pointy, cup-shaped leaves, it looks like small reptile heads rising up to greet you! The Tiny Dancer is unique compared to other plants in the genus and was named the “most unusual aroid” by the International Aroid Society in 2013. It's a great choice if you're looking for a small, compact plant to add to your collection. This Alocasia reaches just 14 to 20 inches tall at maturity. Pet owners should be aware that it is considered toxic to both dogs and cats if consumed in large quantities.
This tropical plant appreciates consistent moisture, warm temperatures, and lots of light. In ideal conditions it grows quickly - pushing out new growth every couple of weeks. As old growth dies off removing it will keep the plant looking clean, but otherwise pruning is not required. An absence of flowering is not cause for concern. Alocasia tiny dancer does not flower readily when grown indoors.
The Alocasia tiny dancer enjoys bright light and it does not tolerate harsh, direct sunlight which can burn the foliage. It prefers the filtered or indirect light of its natural environment. You can try filtering the direct light with a sheer curtain or window film to protect the delicate leaves.
Soil should be rich and well-draining, but still retain some moisture. Our Wildehaus Houseplant Mix is perfect for this aroid species. The amendments allow for drainage and creates the space the roots need to grow. This is ideal for nutrient absorption, and moisture retention.
Water regularly so to keep the soil consistently moist. Find a balance between consistent watering and overwatering. Use a pot with drainage holes so that excess water can drain during each watering. In the summer, you may need to water this plant once or twice a week, while in the winter less often.
Temperature and Humidity
Providing warm, humid conditions is one of the most important parts of growing the Alocasia tiny dancer successfully indoors. Temperatures between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit make this a plant well-suited for indoor growing. It can also be grown outdoors but should be brought inside when temperatures begin to cool. it usually requires some additional humidity when grown indoors as it does best in at least 50% humidity. Try placing a small humidifier nearby or placing the plant on a pebble tray filled with water. This small Alocasia is also a great choice for terrariums or small greenhouses. It will also thrive in a naturally humid room such as the bathroom, kitchen or laundry room.
Alocasias tend to be heavy feeders and the Alocasia tiny dancer is no exception. During the spring and summer consistent fertilization will support its speedy growth. Use a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength once a month. Stop fertilizing your plant entirely during the fall and winter months.