Related to Elephant Ears, these tropical plants are grown for their eye-catching foliage.
Light – Moderate to bright, indirect light. Can tolerate low light but they may struggle. Avoid direct sunlight, which can cause leaf scorching.
Water – Allow the top 2-3” dry before watering. Don’t allow to fully dry out.
Soil – A well-draining potting soil, like Espoma Potting Soil, is perfect.
Temperature – Ideal temperature is between 65° and 85°. Don’t expose to temperatures below 50°.
Humidity – Tolerant of average home humidity, but due to their tropical nature, Alocasia prefer higher levels. Frequent misting, a nearby humidifier or a tray with pebbles and water are all great methods to increase humidity. Alternatively, bathrooms with enough light are a great location for Alocasia.
Fertilization – Fertilize with an all-purpose fertilizer, like Bonide Liquid Plant Food, spring through fall. There is no need to fertilize during winter.
Size – Depending on variety, Alocasia can reach between 2’ and 6’ tall. Most varieties tend to average 2-4’ tall.
Repotting – Alocasia enjoy being root bound, but they are quick growers. On average, they should be repotted ever 1-2 years into a pot no more than 2 inches large than the current container.
Propagation – Easily propagated via cuttings or by splitting nodes from the root system as they emerge.
Toxicity – Considered toxic to people and pets.