ALOCASIA PORTODORA PROFILE
A bold Alocasia that's more commonly known as the Upright Elephant Ear plant. It has lush tropical foliage on long thick stems that reach for the sky. It commands a lot of space, so make sure you have a spot lined up that is bright and airy to show off this jungle plant in all its considerable glory.
Native to tropical Southeast Asia.
Positioning + Light Needs
A lot of bright, natural light but limited direct sun is perfect.
Water fairly frequently with warm, filtered or rain water during the Spring and Summer months to keep the soil moist. Do not allow the soil to dry out! Little and often is a good approach, as its also important never to over water. Only needs monthly watering during Winter months.
Yes please, I enjoy high humidity so mist me every few days with filtered or rain water, also in the Winter months when the heating kicks in. If you have a room humidifier, all the better.
Feed me once a month every Spring and Summer.
Keep your eye on the roots outgrowing its pot as in the right conditions, these plants are fast growing.
Child / Pet Friendly
No, all parts toxic.
Look out for
Browning, dry leaves: possibly hard water is the problem or humidity is too low. N.B. Alocasia have a dormant period in Winter where leaves will fade and some die, so don't be alarmed if this happens. During this period, the plants will require less water, so simply moisten the soil from time to time.