In warm months, check him weekly and water him if the top inch of soil feels dry. Water him less in winter.
He likes a spot that gets lots of light but isn’t right next to a window (he doesn’t love direct sun).
He likes moist air. You can keep his leaves good and healthy by misting them a couple of times a week.
If you want to help him grow even taller than his current size, give him a monthly feed in spring and summer. He won’t need it in winter.
Toxic if ingested
Nursery pot size
About Elephant’s ear
Alocasia is popularly known as Elephant’s ears for the shape of its leaves. This is a slimmer version than most. In the wild, you’ll find it in the jungles of SouthEast Asia and New Guinea. Left to its own devices, it could grow as tall as four metres (it won’t do that inside).
Those unusual leaves are not just for show. The dramatic purple underside helps the plant absorb as much light as possible. That’s because Alocasia are used to living in dappled forest light. They need to suck up all the available sun. That’s also why it’s best not placed in direct sun in your home. It’s not built for it.
This plant requires a little more attention than most. Make sure to keep its soil moist (not soggy) and mist it regularly. Plus, of course, give it plenty of room, because this is a big’un.
Did you know?
There are 79 species of Alocasia. Maximum respect to you if you can name them all.
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