Alocasia Jacklyn (Alocasia tandurusa)

Alocasia Jacklyn Plant Features

This stunning Alocasia (botanically known as Alocasia tandurusa) is relatively new on the houseplant scene and is creating lots of excitement thanks to its textural lobed leaves and striped petioles. You'll sometimes see it called other names, including Alocasia Sulawesi. No matter it’s name, it’s an elegant plant for your home or office.

Its big leaves develop with multiple hues of green, giving them depth and interest. They’re also decorated with small hairs, which add texture and a distinctive look. Unlike a lot of Alocasia varieties that look best when viewed from above, Jacklyn is also interesting when viewed from the side because its creamy-green petioles are streaked and striped in purple.

When young, it’s best displayed on a bright desk or tabletop, but it matures into a stunning floor plant that can reach 4 feet tall or more over time.

Alocasia Jacklyn is evergreen in good growing conditions (bright light and warm temperatures), so you don’t need to worry about it going dormant in winter like some other Alocasia varieties.

Buy Alocasia Jacklyn

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Alocasia Jacklyn Growing Instructions

Light Needs for Alocasia Jacklyn

Keep your Jacklyn happy and beautiful by growing it in medium to bright light. If you're unsure about a spot’s light level, check to see if the plant casts a medium or strong shadow throughout much of the day. While it enjoys bright light, it can survive lower light conditions. Without bright light, though, it will not be as full or as lush.

Tip: Alocasia Jacklyn doesn’t need natural sunlight to thrive. It grows well under artificial light sources, too.

Water Needs

Take care not to overwater Alocasia Jacklyn as it is sensitive to root rot (as are many of its relatives. Ensure the top couple of inches of the potting mix dries to the touch before you water it. The leaves may develop brown, crispy edges or go yellow and drop prematurely if it dries out too much or is overwatered.

Humidity Needs

This Alocasia, like most, prefers above-average relative humidity levels. Happily, it tolerates average conditions (around 40 percent), as well. If you want to boost relative humidity levels for your plant, group it with other houseplants, grow it in a large terrarium or display case.

Fertilizing Alocasia Jacklyn

Fertilize in the warm months, if you wish, with a fertilizer formulated for use on houseplants. Follow the directions on the product packaging. Never apply more fertilizer than the instructions recommend as this could cause root damage.


You shouldn't need to prune this plant except to remove any old or damaged leaves.

Note: This plant may have some natural degree of toxicity and may cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Additionally, exposure to the sap of this plant may cause discomfort to individuals with a sensitivity to it upon contact. Grown for ornamental purposes and not intended for human or animal consumption.

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors


  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

Complement your Alocasia Jacklyn

Alocasia Polly
These cousins appreciate the same growing conditions and look smashing together thanks to their contrasting colors but similar leaf shapes.

Calathea Network
Network Calathea makes for an interesting underplanting to a large Alocasia Jacklyn as the Calathea’s leaf pattern is reminiscent of the Alocasia’s petioles.

Xanthosoma is also related to Alocasia Jacklyn and has similarly sized leaves but with a contrasting variegation pattern.