Alocasia reginula (Alocasia “Black Velvet”) complete guide

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

The Alocasia reginula, otherwise known as the Mini Congo, is an absolute stunner 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 quite 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 this plant was crafted by an artist because its individual leaves are truly a work of art.

What’s even more remarkable is that this delicate beauty is one of the toughest plants to look after – making it the perfect plant for daring plant parents!

Here are some 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 make sure to add in 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 environments..


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 completely before re-watering.


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


The Alocasia reginula prefers a balanced, liquid fertiliser every two weeks when it is actively growing.

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. Some common diseases that can affect 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 you can 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 its preference for specific environmental requirements, this plant is a real gem. With the right 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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