Alocasia reginula (Alocasia “Black Velvet”) care guide

In this guide you'll learn: How to care for your Alocasia reginula (Alocasia “Black Velvet”) plant and
answers to FAQs to keep your plant happy

The Alocasia reginula, otherwise known as the Mini Congo, is an absolute beauty of a plant! You won’t be disappointed if you decide to make one a part of your indoor jungle.

Native to India and Southeast Asia, it is pretty rare and found in the tropical rainforest under the canopy, thriving in the high humidity and the dappled shade of the trees. It’s no wonder why the Alocasia reginula has some of the most elegant foliage; the sparsely intricate leaves, with tips sharp enough to slice through the rainforest fog that drifts in every morning. It’s almost as though an artist crafted this plant because its individual leaves are truly a work of art.

Even more remarkable is that this delicate beauty is one of the most demanding plants to look after – making it the perfect plant for daring plant parents!

Tips for nurturing your Alocasia reginula:

Light and Temperature needs

Alocasia reginula prefers bright, indirect light and should not be placed in direct sunlight. It prefers temperatures between 15-23°C (60-74°F).

Soil type and drainage

Good quality potting mix with plenty of drainage is essential. You should also add some perlite or pebbles to help your Alocasia reginula roots breathe.


Humidity is of great importance for Alocasia reginula. It requires an environment with levels between 60-70%, which may need to be created more artificially in your home, especially in drier and heated climates.


Alocasia reginula is not a fan of wet feet and should not be kept in constantly moist soil. Water when the top 1-2 inches of soil are dry, and always allow the soil to drain thoroughly before re-watering.


The Alocasia reginula is considered toxic and should be kept away from children or pets.


When actively growing during the spring and summer, the Alocasia reginula prefers a balanced, liquid fertiliser every two weeks.

Troubleshooting pests, diseases and common problems

Alocasia reginula is most commonly affected by mealybugs, scale, aphids, and spider mites. If you notice any signs of bugs, you should wipe the leaves with a damp cloth and check for signs of pests. Common diseases affecting these plants include root rot and crown rot. Make sure to check your plant regularly for signs of disease.


Propagation is easy – all you need are new offsets that have started to develop. You can either cut them away from the main stem and pot them individually or take a cutting from the stem and place it directly into the potting mix.

Final Thoughts

An Alocasia reginula is perfect for a daring plant parent who loves a challenge. With its rare beauty, unique leaves, and preference for specific environmental requirements, this plant is a real gem. With the proper love and attention, your Alocasia reginula will thrive, making it the star of your indoor garden.

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Plant-lover with a life-goal to buy land across the UK to plant his own forest, James specialises in horticulture and botanical research, and has been growing and rewilding forests with trees, including endangered species, for over 15 years. He is an avid gardener, allotment owner, and aids in the running of a carbon neutral initiative in companies across the UK.

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