Alocasia Care Guide

The elephant's ear. This has glossy dark green leaves with thick silver veins, and grows on a thick stem verging on red. It will bring some mid-century style to your home!
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  • Light : Medium

    Keep this plant in bright to medium-filtered light.

  • Water : High

    Let the soil dry between waterings.

  • Humidity : High

    This plant thrives in humid environments.

  • Temp : 60℉ - 80℉

    Alocasia Polly's prefer a warm, humid temperatures between 60-80°F. They will go into dormancy if the temperature goes below 60°F.

  • Zone : 10|11|12

    Outdoors part shade in morning sun (4-6 hrs.) where nights are above 60°F. Indoors in bright indirect sun areas. When bringing indoors, cut back by 1/3 to overwinter.

  • Fertilizer : Seasonally

    Slow release granules can be added to the soil or fertilize when watering with a liquid form according to directions. Do not fertilize in the fall and winter months during the resting season.

  • Repotting : 2 Years

    When you're ready to repot, select a container with a drainage hole and 2" larger in diameter and height. Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow them to drain. Use an indoor container mix that is well-draining. Add soil to the bottom of the container. Place the plant in the center. Ensure that the top level of the soil is a 1/2 inch below the pot's top edge to discourage spillover when watering. Backfill around the edges and pack lightly down to eliminate any air bubbles. Water well to dampen the soil and let the water drain.

  • Cleaning : Monthly

    Gently wipe clean with a soft damp cloth or paper towel. Work gently from the base of the stem toward the tip of the leaf doing both sides at once.

    After cleaning the leaves, remove any dead leaves or debris on the surface of the soil. Do not mist this plant as that will encourage plant diseases. Refresh the soil mixture if needed. Prune away damaged or diseased leaves down to the stem base with sterile scissors. They can be pruned down to a manageable size if overgrown.

  • Propagation : Division

    Indoors: Propagate and divide alocasia in the early spring when emerging from dormancy. Pull from the container and brush or wash away the soil carefully. Carefully divide tubers apart and repot in a rich, indoor potting soil mix.

    Outdoors: Carefully loosen the soil and dig the tubers up, avoiding damaging the tubers. Divide the tubers and plant in new locations in your garden. Add rich, damp, and loamy soil in a part-shade morning sun location. Plant three feet apart if grouping together. Place the tubers at the depth they were in the ground before. Water the soil and tuber well before covering with soil. Add topsoil and water slightly to dampen. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.