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.

Taxonomy

Allium ampeloprasum
Allium
Amaryllidaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Broadleaf wild leek, Wild leek and Allium porrum

How to care for Elephant Garlic

💦 Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

💡 FAQs
⭐ 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!

Common Elephant Garlic Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Elephant Garlic prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Elephant Garlic Water Frequency →

Elephant Garlic Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Elephant Garlic requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Elephant Garlic Light Requirements →

Elephant Garlic Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

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.


💨 Humidity

Elephant Garlic doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Elephant Garlic Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Elephant Garlic does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Elephant Garlic →

When and How to Successfully Repot Elephant Garlic →


💩 Fertilizer

Elephant Garlic should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Elephant Garlic is native to the Northern Hemisphere, South America, and Africa.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Elephant Garlic grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Elephant Garlic →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Elephant Garlic can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Elephant Garlic Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Elephant Garlic

Elephant Garlic

Elephant Garlic


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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