Alocasia, also nicknamed ‘elephant’s ear’ because of its large leaves which have vaguely the shape of an elephant’s ear, is a rhizomatous plant of the Araceae family. Easy to maintain, it is a good option for the home.
- Family: Araceae
- Type: perennial plant
- Origin: Indonesia, Malaysia, Madagascar, Philippines
- Color: white, yellow-green, purple
- Exposure: subdued sun
- Flowering : summer
- Soil: soil, water
- Height: up to 1 meter
Alocasia is a plant that loves the sun, but can live very well under low light exposure. It is the ideal plant for places with little sunshine such as offices and basements, as long as it receives at least artificial light. It should not be placed directly under the sun’s rays that will burn its foliage.
Of tropical origin, alocasia tolerates heat well. For optimal growth, a temperature between 18 and 22°C (64 to 72°F) is recommended. Thus, the temperature of a house or apartment is ideal. The only thing alocasia fears is the dry air in our homes. In winter, when the heating is on, the air is less humid and it is advisable to spray the foliage if the plant becomes too dry.
During summer and spring, the peace lily should be watered regularly, but moderately, ideally watering when the soil is dry on the surface. During the winter, preferably wait until the soil is dry for a few centimeters before watering again. It is advisable to water the peace lily with water at room temperature earlier than too cold water, thus avoiding inducing unnecessary stress to the plant.
Repotting is essential if you want your plant to bloom again. The older and larger the plant, the more annual repotting is necessary. In the early stages, repotting every 2 or 3 years is enough. When repotting, choose a pot with a slightly larger diameter and make sure that the bottom of the pot is pierced. Be careful, repotting in a pot that is too large will cause the roots to get lost in the soil and the plant may die.