Also known as Elephant’s Ear, Alocasia is a genus of the family Araceae with broad-leaved perennial flowering plants that are native to tropical and subtropical Asia and Eastern Australia. These plants sprout their typically large and triangular shaped leaves on tall thin stems from rhizomatous or tubers under the soils surface. Old leaves are shed and new produced quite regularly during the growing season.
(Including Nursery Pot)
4" Nursery Pot: 8" H x 8" W
6" Nursery Pot: 20" H x 10" W
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
Most Alocasia 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 50% 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 Fahrenheit. Temperatures below 55 can be damaging to this plant’s 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.
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