With their graceful stature and remarkable leaves, the Alocasia is a wonderful statement plant. Kept as houseplants since the 1950’s, the Alocasia (along with several other plant species) carries the nickname elephant ear plant, as the leaves can grow to massive sizes — up to 3 feet long in some cases!
Today, there are many different Alocasias available as houseplants, including the dainty “Tiny Dancer,” the iconic “Amazonica,” or the stately “Regal Shield” (shown here). Many of them available nowadays stay fairly compact, making them ideal for indoor spaces. The leaf size and pattern is unique to each variety, ranging from broad leaves that are smooth and velvety, to dramatically scalloped leaves with silvery veining. This makes them a particularly appealing plant for any houseplant collection, as you will surely find an Alocasia to complement your existing plants and to suit the mood of any room.
Hailing from the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia and other islands throughout the south Pacific, these beauties are undergrowth plants in their natural habitat. To translate that for their care indoors, that means Alocasias thrive in bright, indirect light with evenly moist soil and plenty of humidity. They’ll appreciate being watered when the top 1” of soil is dry. Providing well-drained soil in a container with a drain hole is key to keeping their roots happy!
Come immerse yourself in a fantastic world of dramatic shapes, sizes and colors as you wander through the houseplant jungle in our Garden Shed at Squak Mt. Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable team would love to introduce you to Alocasia and their many tropical companions.
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