Plant Care Alocasia

Alocasia

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About Alocasia

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 'Hilo Beauty'
Alocasia
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

hilo beauty alocasia and Elephant Ears

How to care for Alocasia

Water

How often to water your Alocasia

Water needs for Alocasia
0.5 cups
every 9

Alocasia needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Houston, Texas.

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

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Alocasia in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas

43% Low

Growing Alocasia in Houston right now

Light needs for plant Alocasia in Houston, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

February 6th, 2023

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Houston is currently medium 👌.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Alocasia in Houston, Texas

Sunlight will increase by 27.7% ☀️

February 7th, 2023

Houston is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Houston is expected to increase by 27.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 12.1 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant Alocasia in Houston, Texas

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

February 6th, 2023

This month, Houston is getting an average of 6.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 8.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.1 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for Alocasia in your home

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

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

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Houston, Texas ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Alocasia

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

When to repot Alocasia

Nutrient needs for plant Alocasia in Houston, Texas

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

February 6th, 2023

The growing potential in Houston is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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Care Summary for Alocasia

Alocasia

Alocasia


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

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globe Pasir Ris, Singapore
01/11/2022

Is beautiful!!

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