- DescriptionAlocasia Calidora - Elephant EarAs the common name suggests this plant has large leaves resembling the huge ears of an elephant, one of the biggest plants in the alocasia family this is the number one choice for those that like big plants and want that tropical jungle feeling.
Care-Light: As with most houseplants direct sun will not be tolerated, preferring instead a spot with bright diffused light or dappled sunlight. Weaker afternoon or early morning sun is fine but always remember that sunlight is intensified when shining through glass. This is obviously not a factor found naturally so always take care when placing a plant next to a window or glass door.Water: Allow top layer of soil to dry before watering, this plant doesn't like sitting in damp soil, especially in the winter when temperatures are generally cooler.Temperature: Found in tropical regions this plant will be happy at room temperature avoiding fluctuations associated with draughts and intermittent heat sources.Humidity: Due to it native habitat being so humid additional humidity will be required as the dry air found in our homes won't suffice. Consider grouping humidity loving plants together, add a humidifier or pebble tray.Feed: This plant is largely dormant in the cooler months so only feed in the warmer spring and summer growing months. Use a balanced, slow-release fertiliser fortnightly.Care tips: Always ensure those massive leaves stay dust free so the plant can photosynthesis efficiently. Remove any yellowing or dying leaves to allow the energy the plant produces to be used for growth. Older alocasia leaves will die back so this is nothing to be alarmed about.Height & Growth rate: In the wild heights of up to 13 ft can be attained but generally smaller when grown indoors. Grows moderately quickly often having periods or dormancy in the colder months.Origin: Tropical and sub-tropical areas of Asia and Eastern Australia.