Alocasia 'Elephant's Ear'
The Elephant’s Ear Plant is quite unique with its beautiful leaves, which can become very large and in its shape look like an elephant's ear. Within the Alocasia family there are more than 70 plant varieties, and some of them can still be found growing in the wild in tropical climates. The Elephant’s Ear is ideal to anyone who wants to bring nature indoors and create a tropical atmosphere in their interior design. It's not wildly difficult to care for though it requires a little attention now and then.
Botanical name: Alocasia
Watering: The plant thrives the best if watered regularly about once a week or every two weeks when the surface of the soil dries out.
Location: The Elephant’s Ear prefers being placed in a room with light shade. It does not tolerate direct sunlight or full shade, but if you find a good place in between, it will reward you with a fantastically lush and longlasting growth.
What do I do if starts dripping? : If your Alocasia begins to "sweat" from the leaves and starts dripping, it can be a sign that it is either placed in a location too hot or that it has had too much water. Make sure to let the soil dry out between waterings and only add as much water, as the plant can absorb.
Remove old leaves: It is quite normal that oldest leaves will begin to fade over time. Simply cut off these leaves to make room for new ones.
Temperature: The plant thrives at room temperatures from 15-30 °C
Fertilizer: During the spring/summer period, the Elephant’s Ear likes to get fertilizer about once a month.
NOTE: During the winter period, you shouldn't fertilise your plant, as it is in a kind of hibernation. The plant must be growing in order to absorb nutrients.