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Alocasia

Elephant's Ear

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Elephant Ear Plant Care

Learn All About Elephant Ear Care with our Guide

Alocasia is also known as the elephant’s ear due to its huge waxy leaves with distinctive veining. Native to tropical regions of Asia and eastern Australia, these plants are fast-growing during the warm summer months and enjoy bright sunlight and some direct sun.

Caring for your Elephant Ear

Sunlight

Elephant’s ear originates from the rainforest floor and is adapted to indirect or dappled sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can cause your plant leaves to fade or scorch but it does like to receive plenty of light. Aim for a spot near a window that is sheltered from direct sunlight.

Soil & Nutrients

Elephant’s ear needs nutrient-rich soil with good drainage. You can use any well-draining potting mix. Larger plants are heavy feeders, so be sure to use a liquid fertiliser monthly during the growing season (May to August).

Water

Elephant's ear are water-loving plants. Their soil should be kept slightly moist (but not soggy) all year round, allowing the top few centimetres of their soil to nearly dry out between waterings. Your elephant's ear will need less water in the winter months when the plant is dormant.

Climate & Humidity

Due to their tropical origins, elephants’ ears like warm and humid conditions and are well suited to a bathroom or kitchen. Avoid exposing your plant to cold or dry conditions and consider increasing humidity by misting your plant every day, especially if you are using heating or air conditioning.

Maintenance

Elephant’s Ear is a low maintenance plant. Simply remove any dead growth and repot into a larger pot with fresh potting mix in the spring.

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