Alocasia Polly (Elephant Ear)
Elephant's Ear is an exotic house plant with striking foliage. Thick, upright stems carry arrow-shaped leaves with scalloped edges. Bold silver-green veins make a dramatic pattern on glossy, dark-green leaves. Alocasias grow from rhizomes, which can be divided in spring for more plants. Each rhizome produces several leaves that grow to 1 ft (30) long, making Elephant's Ear a sassy, new accent for your home. Put it on a pedestal stand to show it off. Few indoor plants are as eye-catching as this one. Even young alocasias stand out, but will soon reach 2 ft (60 cm) tall or more. Set alocasia in a bright location and keep it warm all year. With good care, you'll enjoy this exotic house plant a long time.
Origin: Tropical Asia
Height: To 2 ft (60 cm)
Light: Bright light, but no direct sun.
Water: Keep soil moist spring through fall when plant is actively growing. Water sparingly in winter, allowing soil to become almost dry between waterings.
Humidity: Requires moist air, preferably 50% relative humidity or higher. Use a cool-mist room humidifier near the plant for best results.
Temperature: Average to warm 65-75°F/18-24°C.
Soil: Peat moss based mix, such as African violet potting mix.
Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks spring through fall with a balanced (such as 10-10-10 NPK) water-soluble fertilizer diluted by half. Do not feed in winter.
Propagation: Divide rhizomes in spring and pot in separate containers. Keep the top surface of the rhizome above the soil line so that the growing stems don't rot at soil level.