Alocasia Odora Variegata

A plant with foliage that is extraordinary in every way, in size, in color, and shape.

The Story

How far have you traveled for a dream plant? My husband and I took a road trip down to San Diego for our 1 year anniversary this June. We were going to fly, but he suggested we drive so that we could bring more plants home...WHAT. He's totally not that into it, it was an act of love. Long story short, we found this beauty at Gardens by the Sea and we buckled her in to our back seat. She stayed with us in two hotels and my husband was the one to carry her from the car, to the room, back into the car, and so on and so forth. I sure hope she lives forever, but if she doesn't, these memories will...unless I get dementia. 

Care Routine:

  • Bright indirect light (it sees the sky, but is not within the sun's direct line of vision)
  • Water from the bottom. Wait until leaves begin to droop slightly. This plant has thick stems that can retain lots of water, so I have to be careful not to overwater as it can lead to a sad death. 
  • I mix my potting soil with peat moss and perlite to create well draining soil.

"The memories which peaceful country scenes call up, are not of this world, nor of its thoughts and hopes. " Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist