There are many houseplants grown for their foliage rather for their flowers. Most aroids (Araceae family) arouse this kind of interest, including Alocasia. I have a plant named Alocasia x
I bought it 5 months ago in a discount corner of the plant store. It had 1.5 damaged leaves. I hadn’t determined the reason of its unhealthiness in the shop, but decided to try to rehabilitate the plant. During repotting the mystery was solved: initially this elephant ear was growing in bad-quality peat pellet that roots could not break through. Realizing roots seemed to help: after some delay (probably, root growth) it started to develop new leaves. But pretty soon the pot became too small for the plant (it drank all water from the soil in one day) and I decided to repot it in bigger pot. Curiosity forced me to remove the soil to look closely at the root system. I found 3 baby rhizomes and planted it separately. Not sure about this decision – maybe they were to young for disconnection, but we’ll see.
Shortly after repotting mother plant showed new growth that turned out to be a flower. I’m questioning myself if the cause is bad or good. Stress or finally satisfactory conditions? Or
Blooming is definitely
Aroid’s “flower” is actually an inflorescence surrounded by a leafy structure called spathe.
At last, I want to share the link on a nice short film about other aroid’s bloom – Amorphophallus titanum (corpse flower).