Alocasia or elephant ear is a trendy houseplant that is becoming increasingly popular! The Alocasia plant is also called the elephant ear because of its large leaves that in some Alocasia species look just like an elephant ear. The Alocasia is a plant that originally comes from the tropics. The elephant ear plant was originally used to shelter from the rain in tropical rainforests. The Alocasia is a species that already grew in tropical forests in prehistoric times! Because of the large leaves that can sometimes grow to 1.5 meters, the Alocasia was a perfect umbrella! In addition to the Alocasia plants with large leaves, there are also species that remain somewhat smaller. These smaller elephant ears are perfect for a cupboard or table! The Alocasia therefore falls into the category of medium houseplants due to its diversity in size!
The Alocasia is not an easy plant to care for. The elephant ear plant needs a lot of good care and is therefore a suitable plant for a plant lover. The elephant ear needs a lot of water and it is important that the earth is not dry. If you read all our care tips carefully, you can enjoy the Alocasia for a long time! If you know in advance that you cannot take good care of the Alocasia plant, you may be better off choosing a plant that is easier to care for!
Taking care of an Alocasia
The Alocasia is a plant that needs
a lot of maintenance. It is therefore a perfect plant for a plant lover, but the elephant ear may be less suitable for beginners! The Alocasia likes sufficient humidity. The plant stores a lot of water in its stems and supplies the cells in the large leaves with water. Furthermore, the elephant ear is also a plant that wants to have enough sunlight.
The Alocasia is therefore a plant that loves attention. If you give the elephant ear enough love, you can enjoy its peculiar character and large tropical leaves for a long time. The Alocasia is a real eye-catcher in an interior and a very
trendy houseplant. As mentioned before, the elephant ear is a plant that comes from prehistoric times. In addition to an eye-catcher, you also get a piece of history at home with this beautiful Alocasia plant! Watering an Alocasia
An Alocasia is a plant that does not like dry feet. The plant prefers to always be in slightly moist soil and therefore requires the necessary care. The elephant ear plant prefers to get enough water every week. Make sure that the roots of the Alocasia are not always in a layer of water, this can cause root rot. The best way to check whether the Alocasia needs water is to put your finger in the soil to check whether the soil at the roots is also ready for a splash of water.
You can also see that the elephant ear needs water when the leaves start to hang limp. At that moment, the cells in the leaf do not get enough water and the Alocasia does not like this. A sign of too much water is when the leaves get a yellow edge. We recommend starting by watering the Alocasia in small amounts and seeing how the plant reacts to it. The amount of water that the elephant ear needs depends on, for example, the humidity and the amount of light that the plant receives. Because the Alocasia loves humidity, it is also advisable to spray the plant occasionally. This ensures that the elephant ear plant retains its beautiful green color.
The perfect location for an Alocasia
The Alocasia likes sufficient direct sunlight. Make sure that the elephant ear plant is close to a window where the plant gets enough
full sun . The moment the elephant ear plant does not get enough light, the stems become very large because the plant itself will then look for more sunlight! The Alocasia grows towards the sun and the moment the stems become too long they can break due to the large weight of the leaves. The Alocasia longs for about 5 hours of direct sunlight a day, this will do him good. It is therefore a perfect living room plant for a house with a lot of light!
The plant likes a warm humid environment. Therefore, do not put your elephant ear close to a stove or radiator. The dry air will not do the Alocasia very well! A perfect spot for the Alocasia is therefore close to a window and away from a stove or radiator. Do not immediately panic if the elephant ear shows a dead leaf, because the plant repels old leaves and if the plant gets enough light, a new fresh leaf will quickly replace it!
Repotting an Alocasia
The Alocasia is a plant that grows relatively quickly and therefore needs enough space to be able to do this. Repotting this plant is therefore something that is regularly needed. By repotting, the elephant ear gets more space for new roots and more nutrients. The moment you choose to repot your Alocasia, it is wise to purchase a pot that is at least 20% larger than the breeding pot or old pot in which the elephant ear first stood. More space for the Alocasia ensures that the plant can extract moisture from the soil for longer. This is less likely to cause dehydration and root rot. Repotting the elephant ear plant is best done in the spring and summer months. During this period, the Alocasia has more energy to repair and absorb any damage.
Pruning an Alocasia
The Alocasia is a plant that repels its old leaves itself. This will happen at the lower leaves and they will turn brown at that time. You can prune these old leaves of the elephant ear plant by cutting them off about 4 cm from the base. This ensures that the elephant ear can quickly grow new healthy leaves again. After a while you can easily remove the last piece of stem because it will be dried out. If the Alocasia becomes too wide for your home, you can also simply prune the extreme leaves in the same way as with the old leaves!
Power supply for the Alocasia
Are you planning to feed your Alocasia? Then read our tips carefully for feeding your elephant ear plant. The Alocasia needs nutrition more often than other plants. This is because the plan is constantly creating new leaves. The Alocasia loves regular feeding in spring and summer. In the autumn and winter months, the elephant ear is resting and the plant does not need nutrition. Never give too much nutrition to the Alocasia, this can be counterproductive!
Diseases in the Alocasia
The Alocasia is susceptible to spider mites when the air in its environment is too dry. Spider mite in the elephant ear can be prevented by spraying the plant regularly. Spraying the plant ensures that spider mites do not get a chance to settle on the Alocasia. If this does not help against the spider mite, it is always an option to use chemical / biological pesticides.
Everything you need to know about the Alocasia
You are about to buy an Alocasia but you don't know much about the plant yet? Then read the following facts about the elephant ear carefully so that you are prepared with good knowledge about the plant!
Is the Alocasia toxic
The Alocasia is a slightly poisonous plant. The juice of the elephant ear can be irritating if it comes into contact with the skin. Did you know that the rhizomes of the Alocasia are eaten in Asia? The rhizomes of the elephant ear plant are seen there as a delicacy. The rhizomes of the Alocasia are first cooked and then eaten. We do not recommend trying this yourself!
Is the Alocasia blooming?
If you take very good care of your Alocasia, it is possible that the plant will bloom! It is rare to see a flowering elephant ear. It is better for the Alocasia to prune the flower, which looks like an Anthurium flower. This way the Alocasia can focus all its energy on the leaves and growth!
Different types of Alocasia
There are many different Alocasia species, from very large to small! This way there is a suitable Alocasia for every living room ! At Green Bubble you will find many different Alocasia varieties from which you can choose.
The Alocasia Zebrina got its name from the zebra pattern that can be seen on the stem of the plant. The care of this elephant ear plant is the same as for all other Alocasia species.
The Alocasia Portadora is known for its gigantic leaves that can grow up to a meter in size! The leaves of this elephant ear species have a beautiful serrated structure. It is important that the Alocasia Portadora gets enough water because the leaves will hang with too little water. The moment the leaf of the elephant ear starts to hang, the stem can break due to the weight of the leaf.
The Alocasia Polly is a smaller permanent Alocasia species. This elephant ear plant is known for its sturdy, almost black color leaves with beautiful green veins. Because the leaves of this Alocasia are quite firm, the plant is a little easier to care for. Make sure you read the care tips for the elephant ear plant well!
The Alocasia Lauterbachiana has beautiful spotted and serrated leaves. The leaves of this elephant ear have a reddish underside which makes it a colorful plant. The care for this Alocasia species is the same as for all other Alocasia species.
The Alocasia stingray has a very striking name. The name of this elephant ear plant originated from the peculiar shape of the leaf. The leaf of this Alocasia Stingray looks very much like a stingray! The care of this elephant ear species is the same as for all other Alocasia species!
Buying an Alocasia at the Green Bubble
Are you planning to buy a beautiful tropical Alocasia ? Buying an elephant ear plant is easy at Green Bubble! The moment you buy an Alocasia you obviously want the most healthy and beautiful looking plant. We at Green Bubble are committed every day to delivering the best plants to our customers. All elephant ear plants that we sell always come directly fresh from the grower!
We are completely happy with a happy customer and a healthy plant. You want to buy a beautiful Alocasia but you don't feel like going to the garden center? Logically, fortunately you can easily order the elephant ear online at Green Bubble. This way we ensure that you never have to drag a plant again! Ordering an Alocasia is therefore easy and fast in our webshop. When you order an elephant ear today, you will receive it at home in no time!
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