Plant Care Alocasia longiloba

Alocasia longiloba

About Alocasia longiloba

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 longiloba
Alocasia
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Dragon's Tooth and Alocasia watsoniana

How to care for Alocasia longiloba

Water

How often to water your Alocasia longiloba

Water needs for Alocasia longiloba
0.5 cups
every 9

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

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 longiloba

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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

Plant care guide for Alocasia longiloba in Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

39% Low

Finding light for Alocasia longiloba in your home

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

Alocasia longiloba 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 Columbia, South Carolina ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Alocasia longiloba

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

When to repot Alocasia longiloba

Nutrient needs for plant Alocasia longiloba in Columbia, South Carolina

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

February 1st, 2023

The growing potential in Columbia 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 repo…

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Care Summary for Alocasia longiloba

Alocasia longiloba

Alocasia longiloba


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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