Alocasia | Elephant Ear | Plant Care
Alocasia ‘Elephant Ear’
Known for its large foliage your Alocasia will grab attention with its dramatic shape and size. The large rhizomes or tubers produce heart-shaped or arrow-shaped ears, leading to the popular common name, elephant's ear. They are most often grown as houseplants, but it's common to bring them outdoors during the warm months, sometimes burying the entire pot in the ground to create a natural look.
Light: Your Alocasia will thrive in bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as this will cause the leaves to burn. It is also important to avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.
Water: Your alocasia loves humidity and prefers regular watering. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. This is not a drought-tolerant plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water.
Alocasias are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Contact a medical professional for assistance if you suspect poisoning.
Your Alocasia may go through a dormant period when light levels and temperatures are reduced in the winter months. During dormancy, keep your Alocasia in a warmer spot in your home and reduce the watering but do not allow it to completely dry out. You will see it perk up again in the spring.
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