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Alocasia, Elephant Ear - Gift Plant

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The elephant's ear is a hybrid that has become a fairly popular ornamental house plant, and is one of the easiest.
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Alocasia, Elephant Ear Plant
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4.5 inch Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black) - as Inner
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4.7 inch Chatura No. 12 Square Plastic Planter (Green)

Description for Alocasia, Elephant Ear

Plant height: 2 - 5 inches
Plant spread: 4 - 6 inches

An upright-growing tropical perennial that can reach up to 2 m in height.

Its evergreen leave is V-shaped, deeply lobed and variegated with a deep-green sheen and distinctly marked with large silvery white veins. The margins of the leaves have silvery borders too. The leaves are about 30-40 cm long and 15-20 cm wide. Leaves have deeply undulating margins or edges, resembling the wavy blade of a kris dagger, hence its common name, the Kris Plant. Leaves undersides are purplish-red in color.

Common name(s): Kris Plant, Keris Plant, Sanders Alocasia, African Mask
Flower colours: Creamy white
Bloom time: Rarely flowers
Max reachable height: Up to 2 m
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow

Planting and care

Elephant ear propagated by division of the rhizomes, planting them above the soil line to prevent the leaves from decay at the base.

Sunlight: Full to partial sunlight
Soil: Sandy loam soil
Water: Keeping the soil moist at all times
Temperature: 20 to 30 degrees C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer.

Caring for Alocasia

  • Water a plant when the soil feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering for the winter & rainy season.
  • Try to water the plants in the morning around 8-10am.
  • You should remove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and throw in the garbage collector.
  • You should fertilize a plant mostly in the spring season.
  • Prune the infected and dried leaves or plant part.
  • When a plant grows beyond its limit and pot size not providing enough space for the spread of roots, re-pot with fresh soil and some fertilizer.
  • While re-potting, try not to disturb the roots. Avoid any drastic change in the provided environment otherwise, the plants may get stress/shock.
  • For any insect attack or disease, you can use Neem oil, Eucalyptus oil or Citrus oil spray for primary treatment.

Typical uses of Alocasia

Special features: Variegated leaves

Ornamental use: These are tropical plants of the Arum family that are treasured for their decorative leaves.

References

  • https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/alocasia-plant/growing-african-mask-plant.htm
  • https://plantcaretoday.com/alocasia-plant-care-growing-african-mask-plant.html
  • http://www.jaycjayc.com/alocasia-sanderiana-krisplant/#.XBI_F3QzbIU

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