Elephant Ear Polly
The Elephant Ear Polly or Alocasia Polly is a striking plant with thick white-veins running through its dark green leaves which can grow up to 30cm in length. This impressive plant will look great on a countertop in a kitchen or bathroom where it will thrive in the humidity.
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 warm spot with lots of bright indirect light. Give me as much humidity as possible, either with a humidifier, mister, water filled pebble tray or in a steamy bathroom.
Plant Care Tips
Put me close to a south facing window in winter and further back or in a East or West facing window in summer.
Keep my soil moist in summer but water me less often in winter. 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 Polly
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?
This Alocasia is Polly is a man-made hybrid that has never existed in the wild, even though it looks like it came straight out of the Amazon!