Alocasia macrorrhiza 'Giant Taro' (elephant ear)
Elephant Ears, African Mask
A tropical plant that grows up to fifteen feet tall and eight feet wide. This plant can grow extremely fast in the right conditions, but they are also sensitive plants. Alocasia grows well in big pots; they can thrive in the summertime and then be brought indoors in the winter. Fertilize once a month during spring and summer, growing season. Alocasias go dormant in winter and the leaves drop. Alsocasias are susceptible to spider mites, check the plant periodically. The leaves are toxic to humans and animals.
- Plant in bright indirect light
- Best in well-drained soil, potting mix or crumbly loam
- Allow the top two to three inches of soil to dry between watering. During the winter they go through a dormancy period and requires less frequent waterings.
- Native to Asia