Plant Care Alocasia Cucullata

Alocasia Cucullata

4.8 out of 5 (13 experiences)

Alocasia Cucullata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Alocasia Cucullata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Alocasia Cucullata

Alocasias, commonly known as Elephant Ears, are some of the most common houseplants although their leaves can reach enormous sizes when grown outdoors! 🐘 They typically only support a few leaves at a time (more, when they get more sun!) so don't be concerned if you see an old leaf begin to retire after a new one emerges. They grow out of underground corms which are similar to bulbs, so next time you repot keep an eye out for baby Alocasias! They contain calcium oxalate crystals so be sure to keep them out of reach if you have children or pets! ⚠️

Taxonomy

Alocasia cucullata
Alocasia
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Chinese Taro, Chinese Taro, Hooded Dwarf Elephant Ear, Chinese Ape, Buddha's Hand, 'hooded dwarf', Alocasia, Hooded Dwarf Elepant Ears, Alocasia calcutta and Alocasia rugosa

How to care for Alocasia Cucullata

💦 Water

How often to water your Alocasia Cucullata

Water needs for Alocasia Cucullata
0.5 cups
every 9

Alocasia Cucullata 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 Alocasia Cucullata

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Chinese Taro in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Alocasia Cucullata: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Alocasia Cucullata may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Alocasia Cucullata

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Alocasia Cucullata: 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 Alocasia Cucullata after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Alocasia Cucullata 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!

Benefits of Growing Chinese Taro →

Common Chinese Taro Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Alocasia Cucullata 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.

Chinese Taro Water Frequency →

Chinese Taro Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Alocasia Cucullata may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Chinese Taro Light Requirements →

Chinese Taro Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Alocasia Cucullata prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Chinese Taro Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Alocasia Cucullata is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

When and How to Successfully Repot Chinese Taro →


💩 Fertilizer

Alocasia Cucullata is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Chinese Taro →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Alocasia Cucullata to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Alocasia Cucullata is native to tropical and subtropical Asia and Eastern Australia.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Alocasia Cucullata grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Chinese Taro →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Alocasia Cucullata can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Chinese Taro Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Alocasia Cucullata can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 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 Alocasia Cucullata

Alocasia Cucullata

Alocasia Cucullata


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft 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.

What other plant parents say

Alocasia Cucullata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
Alocasia Cucullata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Alocasia Cucullata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Alocasia Cucullata has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
@sanssouci.rd avatar
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leaf-1 0 Plants
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globe Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
03/05/2022

Encountered this unique boy on a trip, it grows soo fast, you could easy find a new leave coming up overnight. Looks so majestic✨

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@JungleTzar avatar
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leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 405 XP
globe Edmonton, Alberta
10/30/2021

Noticed they love sticky 70% and up but this is not a deal breaker as long as we keep up with our watering.

Not to be mistaken with other Alocasias, these guys were discovered in the rocky portions of the rainforest, specifically in ultramafic sites.

I tried to mimic the substrate by making it more airy than the usual fluffy loamy Alocasia substrate, using more minerals as I think they rely more on a low and steady supply of Calcium/Magnesium more than Nitrogen, based on where they are found. Watering with ph adjusted to 5.7-6.5 (do not acidify all the time and check the soil if acidity builds up) to make those calcium bioavailable.

They will survive in any soil. Part of the hobby for me is mimicking and nerding out on their natural habitat so yeah 😂

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
@bursill96 avatar
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leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 619 XP
globe Peterborough, England
08/20/2021

Lives in my downstairs toilet and is sometimes forgotten about!! Can last without watering for a while

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Vivien avatar
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leaf-1 118 Plants
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globe Petaling Jaya, Selangor
05/29/2021

Textured and plump leaves, you can’t help touch it every time you see it. Exquisite dark green foliage.

@Lilcritti avatar
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leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 1,974 XP
05/21/2021

This baby requires a lot of water but man is she pretty. She’s been growing fast with new leaves coming out of no where. She does attract bugs but minimal. Love the luscious leaves, looks absolutely tropical.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower

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