Houseplant Care Tips

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Houseplant Care Tips

Friday, August 10, 2007

Amazon Alocasia, Elephant's Ear Care

Common Name: Amazon Alocasia, Elephant's Ear
Scientific Name: Alocasia x amazonica
Lighting: Bright Light
Water: Moderate

The Amazon Alocasia is characterized by dark green leaves with wavy edges. Within the foliage are dramatic white veins giving this plant its ultimate character. The Amazon Alocasia is also known as Elephant's Ear due to its foliage resemblance. This houseplant does not require a lot of extra care besides trying to fufill it's high humidity requirements.

The Amazon Alocasia, Elephant's Ear prefers bright, indirect light, so keep within 5 feet of a window. If the houseplant is placed in direct sunlight you may burn the foliage.

This houseplant prefers its soil to be evenly moist at all times, so water it often. However, be careful to not over water the plant, making the soil soggy. The Amazon Alocasia also requires high humidity levels, so provide the plant with a daily misting or set it on a water filled tray.

Overall the Elephant's Ear is usually not prone to pests, but if they should appear, spray the plant with a soapy water mixture twice a day.

Please take caution!! This is one of the many poisonous houseplants you may have in your home, so keep away from children and pets that may eat or bite at the plant.

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Blogger Peggy Chen said...

I bought my boyfriend an elephant ear plant 1-2 months ago, and it's not doing well! One of the leaves turned yellowish-tan, and the soil always seems to be moist, even if it hasn't been watered in awhile.

We live in NY, where it's getting cold now, but the plant is in the living room, where it gets plenty of indirect light. The room is a little cold, though. What do you think might be the problem?

12:20 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Peggy chen,

I would try watering it a little less often. Sometimes yellowish foliage is a sign of over watering.

Keep us posted.


5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My elephant's ear also weeps from the tip of the leaf. Do you know why this is the case?

3:25 AM  
Blogger chris b said...

my elephant ear got poisoned in a house party 6 months ago, i found water and vodka in the pot a few weeks after it happened!! i let it dry but i lost something like 5 or 6 branches/leafs cos it was dying; i had just two left from 8 i think. I dryed and took care of it and now it seems good - i have new growth from only about 6 weeks ago or so, yes!! I repotted the plant about 4 weeks ago and it still seems fine. question though: how can encourage more growth (only one bulb has 2 branches, the other looks quiet). i have fertlizer but how often should i apply, i think i water the plant every 3 days or so... the quiet bulb looks like it could sprout but im not too sure, how can i help get this plant back to sober growth and strength after its hangover? cheers for any help..

2:32 PM  
Blogger Carry said...

Chris B - Sounds like the soil is poisoned from the Vodka. Can you take a butterknife and gently loosen the plant from the pot, and then shake as much of the soil away from the plant as you can? Take some fresh potting soil and work it with your hands to warm it so the roots don't go into shock. Keeping the soil light and fluffy, gently resecure the plant adding dirt as you go until you have refilled the pot. Also make sure you wash the pot if you intend to use the same one! A trick I learned is to take iodized salt on your fingertips and rub it into the inside of the surface to remove bio debris making sure to thoroughly wash the salt away before adding your plant. Harsh cleaners can further annoy your plant so salt is a natural and cheap scrub, acting to neutralize the surface of porous containers especially. Good luck!

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My plant only has three leaves and every time a new one comes on another one dies I water it about once a week is there any specific potting soil needed we do notice if a leaf gets a yellow spot on it then it usually dies

9:39 AM  
Blogger Dayna Boch said...

My portora's leaves wilted within a week of purchase, I believe it almost froze when san francisco dropped below 30°F. It is indoor now, but still wilted. The stalk is lush and bright green and is otherwise beautiful. Could I have overfertilized or over watered? Will it bounce back? Should I cut the leaves? If so, how far? What to do?

7:35 AM  
Blogger grammy said...

i have 2 plants growing out of the same 6 inch pot. one is a lot smaller than the other ... they each have 2 leaves and when another starts to grow the oldest leaf starts to die. the biggest plant now has a flower spike growing. my questions are 1. should i separate the 2 plants and 2. should i cut off the flower spike like i was told to do by a friend?

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello I need help with the the alo amazon which I bough a mth ago. The leaves were fine but since 3 days have started to yellow and fade. I suppose this is natural but how do I chk new growth. If there is none do I just cut the stalks at base and keep watering pot hoping for a new sprout. Thks.

3:11 PM  

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