OVERVIEW+ Comes in an 6" plastic container.
The Alocasia is native to southwest Asia and Australia and is a rhizomatous evergreen, similar to ZZ plants. While theAlocasia x Amazonica (also known as Amazonian Elephant Ear) is considered a hybrid plant, its parents are unknown. There is much debate on whether there is a legitimate scientific name for this hybrid plant, some authorities believe that the Alocasia x Amazonica is simply a name crafted by Salvadore Mauro in the 1950s, who created the hybrid in his nursery in Miami Florida, affectionately named the Amazon Nursery. The Polly variety of the Alocasia Amazonica are smaller in stature.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Amazonian Elephant Ear / African Mask / Alocasia Polly / Alocasia X Amazonica 'Polly'
Can grow up to 18 inches in height.
Alocasias love warmth, so make sure your indoor temperatures stay above 60 degrees. Avoid placing it in a cold drafty location that has frequent temperature changes. Can grow outdoors in zones 10 to 12.
Considered a high maintenance plant, due to its humidity requirements.
The Alocasia Polly loves bright indirect light. It does not love intense direct sun on its leaves. So, keep out of windows that get that late afternoon sunlight. It also does not do well in a darker room.
This plant likes to be relatively moist, but not wet or saturated. In winter time this plant does go through a dormant period, similar to cacti, so don't overwater it, but do keep it in a warm spot. It also is considered a higher humidity plant, so don't forget to mist, or keep it on a pebble tray. It is also known to really love lukewarm showers when it's time to water!
Loves organic-rich soil (such as a peat based or coir), that is full of nutrients.
DOES IT FLOWER?
Considered mildly toxic.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
Yes. Every part of this plant is poisonous and causes immediate discomfort to those who have consumed it.
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes, but through division rather than cutting. You need to cut off one of its rhizomes at its roots, and replant this.
Common Problems: Root rot from overwatering or brown leaf tips and edges from too little watering. Like Goldilocks and the three bears, you just need to find the "just right" watering schedule. Common Pests: Spider Mites and Aphids
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.