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How to Grow and Maintain Alocasia Plant

Alocasia, an Asian plant, is also known as Elephant Ear or African Mask because of its large, glossy, heart-shaped, and often wavy leaves. The length of the leaves can reach up to eight to thirty-five inches.

An alocasia plant is found on the forest floor in its natural habitat. This is why the bright sunlight prefers to burn the leaves. The beautiful, veined leaves are available in a variety of colors.

They can be light green with white veins, as with the Alocasia Amazonica, or they can be variegated in light, dark, and white, as in the Alocasia Macrorrhiza varianteagata. You can also check out here to buy the alocasia plant.

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Care of an alocasia plant requires extra effort and time. It is not recommended for anyone just starting to care for houseplants. Indoor care is very different from outdoor care.


Alocasia plants require bright indirect light, but not direct sunlight. The beautiful leaves turn ugly brown when they are exposed to the sun.


Before watering an Alocasia plant, the soil must be at least 2"-3" in height. Too much water, wet leaves, and soggy soil can all lead to fungal infections. This can cause serious damage to indoor plants. You can check the soil frequently to determine how often your plants need water. The alocasia plant needs less water during winter when it is sleeping.


Alocasia plants need to be fertilized twice a week from late March to September using a balanced food that is diluted to half the recommended strength. Winter is the best time to fertilize.