Alocasia

They may look like elephant ears, but they're actually called alocasia! They are a popular genus of plants due to the amazing foliage and tons of variety. Sizes range from itty bitty to leaves bigger than your face. These plants originate from the rainforests of south-east Asia, and thrive around the equator. 

Velvet alocasia

Easy Care Facts:

Lighting:

Most alocasia prefer bright light, but can handle medium light conditions as well. Direct light will cause burnt foliage.

Water:

Keep your alocasia moist (but not wet). They will develop brown edges if under watered. Although they do prefer to stay moist, do not overwater or root rot can easily take over. 

Fertilizing:

Utilize fertilizer Spring-Fall (local weather depending). Fertilize about once a month using a high quality fertilizer at half strength. 

Alocasia dragon scale

Humidity:

Alocasia love humidity and will thrive in high humidity environments. A humidifier is definitely recommended. 

Temperature:

The ideal temperature in the day is 65-85 degrees. Drafts and sudden temperature changes can shock the plant. 

Toxicity:

Although originally cultivated as a foodstuff, today's decorative alocasia are mildly toxic to people and pets. 

Alocasia zebrina in a pot

Tips and Tricks

Dormancy:

Alocaisa will go into a dormancy period in the winter. Providing summer-like conditions will help to stop or minimize this period of decline i.e. full day's light, warm temperatures, and high humidity. If you notice your alocaisa decline, do not fret! It will rejuvenate itself in the spring.