Plant Care Alocasia gagaena 'California'

Alocasia gagaena 'California'

4.8 out of 5 (5 experiences)

Alocasia gagaena 'California' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Alocasia gagaena 'California' has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Alocasia gagaena 'California'

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 gagaena 'California'
Alocasia
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Dwarf Elephant Ear, California Upright Elephant Ear, Alocasia gageana 'California', Alocasia odora 'California', Alocasia odora 'California and Alocasia california

How to care for Alocasia gagaena 'California'

💦 Water

How often to water your Alocasia gagaena 'California'

Water needs for Alocasia gagaena 'California'
0.5 cups
every 9

Alocasia gagaena 'California' 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 gagaena 'California'

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Alocasia gagaena 'California' in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Alocasia gagaena 'California': 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Alocasia gagaena 'California' 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 gagaena 'California' in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Alocasia gagaena 'California'

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Alocasia gagaena 'California' 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.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Alocasia gagaena 'California' 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 🏡.

Alocasia gagaena 'California' Light Requirements →

Alocasia gagaena 'California' 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 gagaena 'California' 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.

Alocasia gagaena 'California' Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Alocasia gagaena 'California' 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.

Best Soil Mix for Alocasia gagaena 'California' →

When and How to Successfully Repot Alocasia gagaena 'California' →


💩 Fertilizer

Alocasia gagaena 'California' 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.


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Alocasia gagaena 'California' 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 gagaena 'California' is native to tropical and subtropical Asia and Eastern Australia.


🧐 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 gagaena 'California'

Alocasia gagaena 'California'

Alocasia gagaena 'California'


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 gagaena 'California' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Alocasia gagaena 'California' has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Alocasia gagaena 'California' has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Caroline avatar
@Caroline
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Pearland, TX
06/15/2021

I got this for 10 dollars at Lowe’s and I love it so much it’s my first “big plant”

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

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