Alocasia Polly Elephant Ear Plant
An Alocasia plant requires very bright indirect light but no direct sun.
Allow the top 2″- 3″ of soil to dry out before watering, and try to keep the soil evenly moist. Over-watering, wet leaves, and soggy soil makes an Alocasia plant susceptible to a variety of serious fungal infections. Check the soil frequently until you are sure of the plant’s watering needs. Alocasia plants require less water during the winter when it’s dormant.
Alocasia plants prefer warm temperatures between 60°-80.° These plants becomes dormant with prolonged exposure to temperatures below 60° and may drop all of their leaves. Be sure to keep an Alocasia plant away from air conditioners and cold drafts. During warm summer months, an Alocasia can produce a new leaf every week and each new leaf may be twice the size of the previous leaf.
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An Alocasia plant, native to Asia, is also called an Elephant Ear plant or African Mask plant because of their very large, glossy, heart-shaped leaves with wavy edges. These stunning, veined leaves come in red, bronze, blue-green, and purple. If you are searching for a dramatic, very different looking plant that can be as small as 6″ or as tall as a tree, an Alocasia plant is a great choice. These plants do require extra care and attention. Alocasia plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children.