Alocasia Leaves Turning Yellow? Here’s What You Can Do

If you are a passionate gardener, and you love plants, but you are also an enthusiast for decorative interior plants, in that case, you have come to the right place and you are reading just the right article for you.

It was interesting to write this article, because in meanwhile all I could think about was a room with a vintage interior design and with lots and lots of plants, and the plant that I’m going to emphasize in this article, wasn’t missing in that room, and I’m referring to Alocasia Plant.

This magnificent plant would be a great addition to any room, but we all have to keep in mind that this one is a picky plant and not everything can go as planed. One of the most common problems with this plant, is, its leaves turning yellow.

This might happen due to several reasons that I’m going to mention one by one just below, and not only that. I also plan to include a few preventive measures that you can undertake, so your Alocasia’s leaves won’t turn yellow.

So, with no further ado, let’s get started!

Alocasia – What Does It Represent?

Alocasia, commonly known as elephant’s ear, has broad leaves with exquisite patterns. Even though it’s a large plant, the long, silky stems that emerge from a tuber make it appear airy and lovely. The leaf is similarly spectacular, and those stems can be either plain or have tiger stripes.

There are certain species that have leaves that resemble African masks, have crinkled leaf margins, and are known as “skeleton plants” because of their distinct leaf veins. With this houseplant, the blossom, which appears as a spike, is not particularly eye-catching. The stunning foliage has the most decorative value.

Alocasia is a plant that grows in South-East Asian tropical rainforests and is a member of the arum family. It may grow to a height of four meters and is particularly prevalent on Borneo. 79 species have been identified.

For 28,000 years, the plant has been grown as a food source near the equator. From the original plants, decorative varieties have been developed. Although not edible, these flowers are incredibly attractive. Alocasia, which ruled living rooms in the 1950s, exudes a wonderful retro ambiance.

The plant in all Western and Eastern adaptations of the Jack and the Beanstalk myth is claimed to be alocasia, which is known as “the tree that grows up to the heavens.” Thus, it represents seizing chances as they present themselves, even if they are dangerous.

Alocasia Leaves Turning Yellow – What Might Be The Cause?

Inappropriate soil moisture, particularly overwatering, is the most frequent cause of yellowing leaves in Alocasia plants. Maintaining a regular watering routine is essential because your Alocasia likes to be kept damp, but not soggy or soaked. When 25 to 50 percent of the soil volume is dry, it’s when you should water your alocasia.


Overwatering’s hallmark symptom is yellow leaves. Check the soil right away, and consider your most recent watering schedule. Although they prefer moist soil, alocasias are easily overwatered.

Check the roots for rot if you believe the plant has received too much water. Examine the roots by gently unpotting the plant; they should be firm, white, and have an earthy odor. Rotten roots have a bad odor and are soft and brown in color. Remove any infected tissue and repot the plant in dry, quick-draining soil.

Keep in mind that certain Alocasias prefer soil that is evenly moist, while others prefer drier conditions between waterings. Keep an eye on the plant and water it according to its needs.


An Alocasia that is under stress or weakness is more prone to pest infestations. Spider mites and other sap-sucking insects can dehydrate your plant. Leaflets and fronds quickly start to yellow as a result of this issue. In an interior environment, scale, mealybugs, and spider mites are usually present.

These tiny pests multiply and travel into nooks and crannies along frond portions if they are not eliminated at an early stage. The insects’ piercing jaws fatigue your plant and hasten yellowing, particularly if your Alocasia is already unwell due to inadequate lighting, nutrient inadequacy, or insufficient soil moisture.


Although they can take medium light, Alocasia plants grow best in bright indirect sunshine. The foliage will burn if exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period of time.

Although Alocasia Plants may adapt to locations with moderate lighting, their growth may be slowed. Yellow leaves may appear if placed in an extremely low light environment. Use a Grow Light if you’re unsure of whether you have the proper lighting for your plant.

Normal Aging

Always keep age in mind while determining the cause of your Alocasia plant’s yellowing leaves. The Alocasia leaves eventually wither and turn yellow as they get older. This is a routine procedure. The aging of the leaves is a step in their foliage’s life cycle.

They might become yellow as a result of aging, being shut down, and having all their resources depleted. The outer and older leaves are the ones that shut down the most. As a result, if the leaves are old, they may still turn yellow even with enough water and sunshine.

Alocasia Leaves Turning Yellow – Preventive Measures

Proper Watering Schedule

Make sure the container for your plant has enough drainage holes. A closed pot’s bottom filled with pebbles won’t work.


The typical Alocasia plant prefers potting mix soil with aerating amendments added to create a tall, open structure.


Make sure to keep your Alocasia plant in a room which consists of a temperature in a range between 65ºF (18ºC) and 85ºF (29ºC). Doing so will prevent the Alocasia’s leaves from turning yellow.


Alocasias enjoy moisture. They may be able to adapt to lower levels, but growth is optimum at levels of at least 60% and preferably 70%.

Low humidity is indicated by yellow, lifeless leaves with brown edges or tips. The plant’s leaves eventually begin to discolor throughout. Although some growers report success with even lower levels, a safe minimum humidity level is around 50%.

Closing Words

Something that I forgot to say is the fact that some yellowing of your Alocasia plant’s leaves might also be natural. Do you have any fresh growth on your Alocasia plant?

The yellowing of your plant’s leaves is normal if it has recently grown and the older leaves that are yellowing are primarily near the bottom of the plant. As new growth begins, your plant sheds its old leaves.

Further Reading

Now that you have secured yourself a healthy Alocasia plant and you have placed it in the best corner of your room, you can grab a cup of coffee, sit down and continue reading more of my articles.

If you are into herbs, and you will like to read more about one of the most popular herbs, then I invite you to check my article about hibiscus, or if I have to be more specific, how to keep hibiscus blooming.

Another article that you might find interesting is about the watering process of a majesty palm. 

Furthermore, if you are more of a vegetable person, then you can also read about growing jalapenos in pots and easily linked to that, you can also check how many jalapenos you can get from one plant. 

Ella Holmes

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