Alocasia, commonly known as elephant ear, grow from tubers and produce elegant stems and beautiful leaves.
They also produce a flower in the form of a spike which is probably the least impressive thing about this plant. Any plant enthusiast should have one or more Alocasia in their collection as there are so many differing leaf patterns, sizes and shapes to choose from.
The Wentii with its giants leaves will stop anyone in their tracks but equally the Zebrina with its dart shaped leaves and striped stems is just as eye-catching. These subtropical plants originate from Asia and Eastern Australia and naturally develop large leaves, as they grow under the canopy of trees, to better soak up the sun’s rays.
They can grow like crazy during the warmer months pushing out new leaves on a weekly basis and slow to a stop as the weather turns cold in preparation for the next growth spurt.
Like the Peace Lily and Snake Plant this species is poisonous if ingested so be mindful of the placement if you have pets or young children.
- Position. This plant can tolerate a range of differing light conditions from low to bright indirect light. If you want it to grow faster and produce lots of new leaves then place it in bright indirect light. They prefer a warmer room temperature and don’t like being cold.
- Potting. Alocasia don’t seem to mind being root bound and can thrive with roots growing out if the soil. Put in the next size pot up when you want your plant to grow to the next level.
- Care. These plants love humidity so consider buying a humidifier or place on watered pebbles. Regular misting will help keep the plant happy. Rotate the plant a quarter turn each time you water to maintain a balanced form.
- Propagation. Alocasia grow from tubers in the ground so the best way to propagate is to split these up in early spring and repot them.
- Pets. These plants contain oxalate crystals which are poisonous to pets and humans. Consider the positioning of the plant if you are worried about pets and people biting the leaves.
Our personal favourites are the Wentii with its large heart shape leaves and the smaller dragon scale with its unique foliage.