Alocasia macrorrhiza has large, green glossy leaves that can grow 1 metre long. The foliage is stunning if you're looking to add a little bit of lush green to your collection.
It can be grown indoors or outdoors in tropical gardens. If grown indoors in a container it will reach a max height of roughly 1.5 metres. As it's from a tropical region, it does require warmth and humidity to grow indoors. Temps above 15 degrees all year round and regular misting will keep it happy.
Place your elephant ears in a spot that gets bright, indirect light. make sure to keep it away from direct sunlight as this will burn the foliage.
It likes to be kept more on the moist side. Check the soil moisture with your finger, and water when the top couple of centimetres feels dry. During winter, water less frequently as this will help prevent root rot.
During spring and summer, feed monthly with a liquid fertiliser, or apply slow-release fertiliser granules at the start of spring
It’s common for leaves to die back periodically, especially during winter – cut them off at the base, with sharp scissors or secateurs.
The large-sized leaves need to be kept clean of dust, so they stay healthy and look attractive – wipe them with a damp cloth from time to time.
Please Note: Alocasia plants are listed on the ASPCA's website as extremely toxic to dogs and cats.