The Alocasia Macrorrhiza, otherwise known as the elephant ear plant is characterized by green heart-shaped leaves with light colored veins. These plants originated in Australia, Malesia, and Papuasia.
Botanical Name: Alocasia Macrorrhiza
Nicknames: Elephant Ear
Origin: Australia, Malesia, Papuasia
Size: Alocasia macrorrhizos varies in size, 6 inches to over 6 feet. The plant likes to be root bound, plant in a smaller pot.
Lighting: The elephant ear plant requires very bright indirect light. Direct light will burn the leaves.
Watering: Allow the top few inches of the soil to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, do not over water.
Fertilizing: Fertilize this plant every 2 weeks, March through December. Dilute fertilizer to half strength
Temperature: Between 60°-80.° F. Keep
Humidity: This plant prefers high humidity. Do not mist.
Pruning: Remove yellow and browning leaves.
Propagation: Use plant division.
Potential Problems: Remove dust from leaves. Spray with warm soapy water every few weeks to avoid pests. The plant is susceptible to disease if over-watered.
Poison Information: The elephant ear is very poisonous, Level 4