Zone: Zones 9-11
Size: 1' - 8' depending on variety and age
Temperature/Humidity: Loves warm & humid climates. Temperature & Humidity above 60.
Pet Friendly: Not Pet-Friendly! This plant is toxic to pets if any parts are ingested.
Edible: No. This plant is not edible.
Soil: Use a well-draining soil, mixed with Perlite and Peat Moss. PH of 5.5-6.5. A slow-release, water soluble fertilizer may also be used in the spring & summer.
Lighting: Several hours of bright, indirect lighting each day (direct lighting may harm the leaves). A gro-light works well too!
Water: Water deeply, but infrequently. Allow soil to dry out a bit before watering again. We recommend using Distilled, Reverse Osmosis, or Rainwater.
- It is recommended to slowly acclimate your Alocasia to the new temperatures, wind, and sunlight that it may encounter.
- Many Alocasias are grown as potted houseplants. The Calidora, Portadora, Kuching Mask, & Sumo are suitable for outside.
- If in a location where the temperatures drop during the winter months, the plant will need to be cut-back, and bulbs stored in 45˚F- 60˚F temperatures until the following spring. This step is not needed in warm locations or indoors. However, an indoor Alocasia may go dormant during the cold season.
- It is normal for young Elephant Ear plants to frequently lose leaves, but they also grow new leaves just as fast! This may happen for a while until the plant is older and established. As long as your plant is still putting out new leaves, this is nothing to be concerned about.