Elephant Ear Portodora
The Elephant Ear Portodora or Alocasia portodora is a statement plant with large, ribbed, upward-pointing dark green leaves that look like lettuce-edged fans. These exotic plants will bring a tropical vibe into your home and make an instant impact with their huge leaves.
Height is measured from the bottom of the plastic nursery pot (please allow a +/-10% variance). Diameter is the nursery pot diameter, so to get a pot that fits, the pot diameter should be bigger.
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To see me at my best
Put me in a sunny and warm spot. Give me as much humidity as possible, either with a humidifier, mister, water filled pebble tray or in a steamy bathroom.
Plant Care Tips
Rotate me regularly to ensure I get even light
Water me less often in winter to avoid overwatering but do not allow my soil to dry out.
Remove dust by wiping my foliage regularly and hosing me down in the shower every few weeks.
About Elephant Ear Portodora
Alocasia is native to the tropical rainforests of southeast Asia, with a particularly high population found in Borneo. In the wild, some species can reach heights of up to four metres tall. In some parts of Asia Alocasia species have been grown for their edible starchy tubers and have been an important staple food for thousands of years. Alocasia became a popular houseplant in the 1950s.
Alocasia is a member of the Arum family and consists of about 70 species as well as dozens of hybrids cultivars. Alocasia plants are popular due to their incredible range of leaf shape, size and colour. Alocasia plants have rhizomes (underground plant stems) from which new leaves appear, even if the plant has lost all of its above-ground leaves.
In their native habitats, Alocasia lives in very humid and warm tropical conditions. They are exposed to a range of light conditions, from bright indirect light (broken by tree canopies) to full direct sunshine. In UK homes, they need as much light, humidity and warmth as possible. They can be temperamental during winter, as exposure to freezing or dry conditions can cause significant damage.
Did you know?
The Alocasia is said to be "the tree that grows up to the heavens" and is the plant found in the fairytale of Jack and the Giant Beanstalk.
If ingested this plant can be toxic or poisonous so keep away from dogs, cats or other pets and small children.
Also Known As
Upright Elephant Ear; African Mask; The Amazon Taro; Alocasia Portadora; Alocasia Portodora; Alocasia Portora