Caring for the Alcosia Black Velvet
The black velvet was my first ever Alcosia, it really stood out to me with those dark and deeply textured leaves. It is not often that you get a chance to have a plant with back leaves, being so unique it is easy to see why the black velvet has become a coveted species within the plant loving community. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on one though, here are a few things you should know.
Light- This is one area where the black velvet is not to picky, however it does have some requirements. Keeping your black velvet out of direct sun is crucial, in fact this alcosia can grow in moderate sun to a fairly shady part of the home. One thing to bear in mind is that the black velvet does not like drafts, if in a winter climate keep the plant away from opening doors/drafts.
Soil- Do not leave your black velvet with wet feet! Perhaps the most important care tip for this plant is get the right soil, ideally a quick draining mix. Allowing your alcosia to dry out quickly and fully will ensure a happy little plant.
Watering- One thing I always recommend with any sort of fussier plant is to make sure you are drawing water and letting it stand overnight. Though not necessary it does ensure that the water is at room temperature making it easier on the plant. Allow the plant to fully dry out before watering, when watering do so thoroughly. Having the correct soil mix for ideal drainage is key here.
The black velvet does enjoy humidity, so if you have a humidifier perfect, if not make sure you are keeping it somewhere warm and give it the occasional mist. Properly taken care of, the black velvet is a stunning plant that will be the envy of your plant loving friends.