He’s a tropical guy who loves moist air. He’ll be very happy in a well-lit bathroom, or you canmist him regularly.
He likes his soil to stay quite moist (not soggy). Give him a drink whenever the top two inches of soil feel dry.
He loves a bright spot, but he’s not keen on harsh direct sun. Near a window but not right next to it is ideal.
He can grow pretty quickly if he’s looked after. He can easily grow over a metre, so make sure he’s somewhere with space to expand.
Hooded dwarf elephant ear; Buddha’s hand; Chinese taro
Toxic if ingested
Nursery pot size
About Alocasia cucullata
There’s a real tropical look to this tall, elegant plant. Glossy, heart-shaped leaves on the end of long stems make a simple statement. As long as you remember to water it regularly it’s pretty easy to look after.
It’s not known where this plant originated, but it’s found all across Asia, where it grows very easily. It can grow to enormous sizes in the wild, with leaves reaching 80cm long. Sometimes it even flowers, though this is extremely unlikely indoors.
Kept as a houseplant it likes quite bright light and regular water (it won’t like to dry out). It will also love you if you give it a feed withliquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer.
Did you know?
This plant is used as a good luck charm at Buddhist temples in Laos and Thailand.