Elephant's Ear Care
These plants can grow quickly even with a shorter growing season in northern climates. Alocasia plants can grow a new leaf each week during the summer, with the new leaves often being twice as large as the previous week.
There are many leaf shapes to choose from, including narrow arrowheads or wide heart-shaped leaves with colorful veins. They also have a variety of textures, such as thick, waxy and slick.
Alocasia plants will stop growing leaves during its dormant season (late fall or winter). It will then begin to rest. It will grow again if you continue to take care of it.
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Depending on the variety, needs can vary from full sun to shade. Ask the seller or grower if the plant has been sun-trained. Plants that receive more sunlight tend to have better leaf color.
A majority of Alocasia species can survive in shade. However, they do prefer brighter sunlight. You can train the larger varieties to take full advantage of the tropical sun.
You can plant elephant's ears in loose, well-drained soil or crumbly loamy dirt.
Alocasia plants need to be kept moist throughout the year as they are water-loving plants. These plants are delicate. The soil should be kept moist but not soggy. Because they are dormant, they require less water in winter.
Before watering, allow the soil's top few inches to dry out completely. This will ensure that the soil remains evenly moist. Plants that have dry soil are more susceptible to fungal infections.