Alocasia heterophylla

    Alocasia heterophylla

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    Alocasia heterophylla

    Alocasia heterophylla is a tropical perennial plant, also known as Alocasia Polly or Elephant Ear.

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    "Did you know... Alocasia heterophylla is also known as the "Elephant Ear" plant because of its large, floppy leaves that resemble an elephant's ear. This plant is native to tropical regions and is a popular indoor plant due to its ornamental appearance and low maintenance requirements."

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    Alocasia heterophylla should be watered regularly, but allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Over-watering can cause root rot. Water the plant with room temperature water, making sure to water the soil and not the leaves.


    Alocasia heterophylla prefers bright, indirect light, but can tolerate some shade. Avoid placing the plant in direct sunlight, as this can cause the leaves to scorch.


    Alocasia heterophylla prefers high humidity levels, but can tolerate average household humidity. To increase humidity, place a humidifier near the plant or mist the leaves regularly.


    Alocasia heterophylla should be fed every 4-6 weeks during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Reduce feeding during the winter when the plant is dormant.

    Pests & Deficiencies:

    Alocasia heterophylla is susceptible to spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. If you notice yellowing leaves, this may indicate a nitrogen deficiency, which can be corrected with a balanced fertilizer.


    : Alocasia heterophylla can be propagated by division or by planting stem cuttings in water or soil. Make sure to use a rooting hormone on the cuttings to encourage root growth.

    In conclusion, Alocasia heterophylla is a beautiful and low maintenance plant, but it does require consistent watering, proper lighting, high humidity, and regular feeding to thrive. With the right care, it will grow into a large and attractive addition to any indoor garden.

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