Plant Care Elephant Garlic

Elephant Garlic

About Elephant Garlic

Elephant Garlic is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Elephant Garlic likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Elephant Garlic belongs to the Allium genus, and is native to Macronesia, the Mediterranean, and Asia.

⚠️ Elephant Garlic is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


Allium ampeloprasum

Also known as

Broadleaf wild leek, Wild leek and Allium porrum

How to care for Elephant Garlic


How often to water your Elephant Garlic

Water needs for Elephant Garlic
0.5 cups
every 9

Elephant Garlic needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Elephant Garlic

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Elephant Garlic in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Elephant Garlic: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Elephant Garlic love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Elephant Garlic does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Elephant Garlic in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Elephant Garlic

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Elephant Garlic: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Elephant Garlic after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Elephant Garlic is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Elephant Garlic

Elephant Garlic

Elephant Garlic

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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