The African Mask Plant


While some might refer to this tropical beauty as an African mask plant or Kris plant, its true home lies in the jungles of the South Pacific. Given appropriate indirect lighting and regular watering needs, it makes an enjoyable houseplant.

Regular watering ensures soil remains damp without becoming soggy or sopping wet, with yellow leaves or crisp edges indicating overwatering. Repot every 2-4 years in spring when roots appear through drainage holes and begin poking through.


African mask plants thrive when exposed to bright indirect light. While they can tolerate low lighting levels, too much direct sun may scorch their leaves quickly, causing them to wilt swiftly away and die soon. Consider shading it slightly with curtains or indoor plant canopies to protect its leaves for optimal leaf care and safety.

Since this plant hails from tropical and subtropical environments, ideally, it should be kept at warmer temperatures than what might be found in an average household. This helps it flourish lushly while encouraging flowering and helping prevent rot and disease by keeping the soil more humid.

African mask plants hailing from tropical regions need humidity in their environment to thrive. If possible, place the plant near a tray of water or a humidifier – however, a warm room with slightly damp air can suffice as long as humidity can help protect it from spider mites or other pests. Humidity also discourages spider mites and other harmful insects that threaten these tropical beauties!

This plant thrives in soil with slightly acidic, well-draining conditions and prefers loose combinations of peat moss, perlite, and coarse sand for drainage. Overwatering should be avoided since their feet do not like being wet, but evenly moist soil should be ensured for their healthy development – check their moisture by inspecting the top inch or two of soil regularly; water frequently but in small amounts to achieve the best results.

Watering should be reduced during late fall and winter (when temperatures dip below 60 degrees) to help African mask plants go dormant, as is typical of this houseplant type. You may notice your African mask plants turning yellow due to overwatering or inconsistent watering practices; these tend to be the culprits here.


African mask plants are tropical plants adapted to living in humid conditions and prefer an environment with at least 60% relative humidity; otherwise, they’ll quickly lose their lush leaves due to exposure. Ideal conditions would include providing adequate lighting and watering and using well-draining soil that is always kept evenly moist.

Like other tropical plants, african mask plants thrive when grown in slightly acidic soil with coarse sand and perlite mixed in a fast-draining mix that allows excess water to drain quickly – this helps avoid root rot in this species! Regular misting or dusting helps ensure optimal conditions for this plant species.

Note that African mask plants may go through a period of dormancy in winter. At this point, growth will stop completely before eventually dying back – only to return in full bloom with new growth come springtime! Additionally, it is essential to regularly clean off dust that accumulates on their leaves to allow maximum sunlight absorption and photosynthesis by the plant.

As is typical with houseplants, african mask plants are susceptible to pest infestation by mealybugs, aphids, scale, and spider mites. By using sharp pruning shears or garden shears and carefully trimming away damaged or dead leaves with pruning shears or garden shears, you can effectively reduce the risk and spread of these pests across other plants. With proper care, the african mask plant can make an elegant tropical houseplant with just the right light conditions, soil composition, and humidity levels in any environment – giving this tropical houseplant every chance for survival!


African mask plants are stunning houseplants that thrive with bright indirect lighting and high humidity levels and require specific care tips to succeed in any home environment. But, like any plant, African masks may experience issues as they grow older, such as yellowing leaves, overwatering, or lack of blooms.

To avoid overwatering your alocasias, use a moisture gauge or a finger test to assess the soil. Porous soil works best; soggy conditions shouldn’t last. If your soil is too dense for comfort, consider mixing in coarse sand or perlite to allow their roots to breathe while decreasing the chances of overwatering.

Overwatering can cause fungal issues, so it is essential that your African Mask Plant be monitored closely for signs of overwatering, such as brown or black spots on its leaves and stems. If this is detected, reduce watering considerably until a portion of the soil dries out before watering again.

Maintaining an african mask plant’s leaves requires regular care and maintenance. Over time, dust tends to collect on them, blocking sunlight and hindering photosynthesis. Use a soft brush or cloth to gently wipe down all leaves and stalks of the plant, and ensure any dead or diseased leaves are removed before continuing your task.

Fertilizer isn’t necessary when caring for African mask plants, but occasional feedings during the spring and summer months will undoubtedly benefit their growth. Since these delicate plants can be susceptible to fertilizer burn, make sure that you use organic, balanced options that have been properly diluted.


African mask plants are typically grown for their leaves, but given the right conditions, they can produce beautiful blooms in mid-to late summer. If given enough light, warmth, and moisture, African mask plants could blossom beautifully! Although flowering of this tropical plant is rare, when it does happen, it’s truly stunning!

Due to their need for high humidity levels, these plants should be kept indoors due to their intolerant cold tolerance; temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods will cause significant harm. Due to this limitation, houseplants are generally maintained during winter unless you reside in an environment that allows outdoor growth during the summer.

African mask plants require a porous potting mix with plenty of organic matter like peat moss and coco coir for optimal health and well-draining potting soil to avoid overwatering issues. To find a good match, contact us.

Misting plant foliage regularly will help ensure they remain hydrated, especially in indoor environments where humidity levels can rapidly decrease. Consider placing a pebble tray or humidifier near them to increase humidity in your home.

African mask plants are moderate to heavy feeders. They should be given regular feedings during their growing season with balanced houseplant fertilizer, taking care to follow label instructions to avoid fertilizer burn. As winter is coming closer, it would be wiser not to give any nutrients since they will soon enter a dormant state and should, therefore, go dormant themselves.


African Mask plants are easy to care for indoors but prone to insect infestation. Aphids, scale insects, and spider mites are some of the more commonly seen sap-sucking pests found on these houseplants; infestation can result in curling and yellowing of leaves. Applying mild insecticidal soap will help control these pests; keeping your plant in an ideal location with plenty of heat, consistent water delivery, and humidity will further prevent infestation.

If a plant’s roots become damaged from overwatering, it can quickly develop fungal infection. The fungus’s presence will hinder nutrient absorption from soil and photosynthesis processes; yellowed leaves are an early indicator that something is amiss. To remedy this situation, remove and discard the infected plant from its container and place it in another one with a draining potting mix before repotting your healthy plant in its new home container.

Too much water can also contribute to fungal infection in African Mask Plants. Fungus will restrict their ability to take in nutrients from the soil, leaving them weak and discolored. Overwatering also results in root rot, which indicates fungal infection.

Avoiding this issue requires misting the plant daily before it gets too cold; this will ensure its moisture does not evaporate during the evening and begin rotting the plant. Furthermore, African masks often get root-bound so annual repotting may be necessary; ensure only going up one pot size at a time!