Alocasia Care Guide

Alocasia, also commonly known as 'Elephants Ear,' is a genus of about 70 species of aquatic plants in the family Araceae, native to tropical and subtropical Asia and eastern Australia. These rhizomatous or tuberous perennials are often cultivated as ornamental plants for foliage, although their broad, thick leaves also make them useful as shade-tolerant groundcover. The large leaves are often used as house plants because of their hardiness and bright colors.


Alocasia plants will thrive in very bright indirect or filtered light. Lighting extremes, like dark corners, should be avoided, along with direct or hot afternoon sun, which can burn this plant leaves. This plant will do best placed several feet from a southwestern or southeastern exposure.

Water and Soil

Alocasia (non jewel varieties) have fairly high water needs. As with other plants, the appropriate moisture level will be largely dependent on the plant’s environment, namely its sun exposure. During the growing season Alocasia will do best with soil which remains evenly moist, and should receive water when the top 2-3” of soil feels dry. Watering it often and in smaller amounts will help ensure that the soil stays evenly moist and not overly wet. During the winter, Alocasia will generally need less water, and we recommend allowing their soil to dry out by about __% in the colder months. Alocasia grow well in a standard, nicely draining potting soil which has been amended with peat moss for absorption and perlite for drainage and aeration.

Temperature and Humidity

Alocasia prefer temperatures between 65 to 80 degrees farenheit. Temperatures below 55 can be damaging to this plants foliage. Cold windowsills and areas with a heavy draft should be avoided. Alocasia like moderate to high humidity, and will appreciate an area like a bathroom or kitchen where the air is naturally moister.