Alocasia Amazonica | Elephant Ear Plant

Alocasia Amazonica | Elephant Ear Plant

The Alocasia Amazonica, otherwise known as the elephant ear or poly elephant ear is characterized by dark green leaves with light colored veins. These plants originated in Asia 

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Alocasia Amazonica

Nicknames: Elephant Ear, Poly Elephant Ear

Origin: Asia

Size: The size of Alocasia Amazonica varies from 6 inches to over 6 feet. The plant likes to be root-bound, so plant it in a smaller pot.

Plant Care

Lighting: The elephant ear prefers very bright indirect light.

Watering: Allow the top few inches to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant.

Fertilizing: Fertilize your elephant ear every 2 weeks, March through December, but dilute fertilizer to half strength

Temperature: Between  60°-80.° F, keep away from cold drafts.

Humidity: Alocasia Amazonica prefers high humidity, do not mist.

Soil: Alocasia Amazonica does best in well-aerated loose soil + peat moss.

Pruning: Remove yellow and browning leaves

Propagation: Use plant division.

Potential Problems: Be sure to remove dust from leaves. Spray with warm soapy water every few weeks to avoid pests. Elephant Ears are susceptible to disease when over-watered.

Pests:

  • Spider mites
  • Thrips

Disease: 

  • Phytophthora Leaf Blight
  • Pythium Rot
  • Phyllosticta Leaf Spot.

Poison Information: Very poisonous, Level 4