Plant Care Alocasia Polly Plant

Alocasia Polly Plant

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Alocasia Polly Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Alocasia Polly Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

About Alocasia Polly Plant

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! ⚠️


Alocasia × mortfontanensis

Also known as

African Mask, Amazon Elephant's Ears and Alocasia 'Amazonica'

How to care for Alocasia Polly Plant


How often to water your Alocasia Polly Plant

Water needs for Alocasia Polly Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Alocasia Polly Plant 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 Polly Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Alocasia Polly Plant in your home

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

Alocasia Polly Plant 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.

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How to fertilize Alocasia Polly Plant

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

Difficulty Level

Alocasia Polly Plant 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!

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Care Summary for Alocasia Polly Plant

Alocasia Polly Plant

Alocasia Polly Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


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 Polly Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 25
Alocasia Polly Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 17
Alocasia Polly Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 10
Alocasia Polly Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 8
Alocasia Polly Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 6
Alocasia Polly Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
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leaf-1 32 Plants
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I love this plant! Mine likes a lot of drainage and it doing great in an orchid pot + NE window + mild grow light. Once you find the right rhythm, its really not as fussy as one might think!

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leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Norwich, England

Sometimes cries but is beautiful and makes the room brighter

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leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 124 XP

Despite giving this one more care and attention than many of my other plants, it’s currently down to one leaf. That one survivor IS vibrant green and thriving but like… it’s been this way for months. Time for another leaf, buddy.

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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Elmira, Ontario

He has lovely leaves, I like him very much. He is cute.

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leaf-1 62 Plants
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Ali Asia Polly, my Diva, is finicky af. Currently in rescue mode...AGAIN 🙄...but such beautiful leaves when she’s pleased. Must have right conditions. Mine will be going into a climate controlled IKEA Milsbo or Detolf when they arrive.

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leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 265 XP
globe Fairfax, VA

Not pet friendly and very temperamental! I moved and 2/3 leaves yellowed and died.

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leaf-1 123 Plants
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globe Austin, TX

Very pretty ! Easy with Greg’s advice!

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leaf-1 26 Plants
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globe Charlotte, NC

More temperamental than all my other plants. Steadily dropped leaves until I realized her roots were bound, so I unbound them and she dropped more.

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 430 XP

It’s a rewarding plant but over time. They have a dormancy period and can drop all their leaves on you. They love humidity and bright indirect sunlight.

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leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 841 XP

Unlike some other alocasias this one seems to be pretty drought resistant.

Leaves on my plant grow moderately slowly in my east facing window. My plant prefers to not have direct sunlight and tends to burn easily and mine tends to prefers high humidity and heat.

Would recommend getting a humidity meter and humidifier for these plants!

Mine tends to attract pests, and tends to require me to check on it frequently.

I wipe the leaves down 2x week, normally with neem oil! I’m my experience it helps maintain a pest free plant!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 53 Plants
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globe Lexington, VA

I have not had much luck with this plant. She’s dropped all but one leaf and I can’t seem to keep that one leaf happy. I’ve tried so many different remedies but maybe this plant just isn’t meant for me!

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 26 Plants
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globe Roseville, CA

Ughhhhhhhhhhh I killed the first one I had but I think it was dying before I got it anyways my new one got spidermite that I got rid of quickly by just washing the plant. It hasn’t given me any new leaves which is sad. The amount it says to water here doesn’t seem like enough I though they like to be pretty moist I water mine at least once a week and it’s not dying so I think that’s a good sign.

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Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 20 Plants
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globe Riverview, FL

It’s pretty but it’s had bugs twice and I’m on the verge of giving her up for adoption

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globe Philadelphia, PA

This plant has given me such a headache. I overwatered it the first day over a month and a half ago and I swear the soil still is not dry in a terra-cotta pot with drainage and perfectly aerated. I lost a ton of leaves and the surviving gives are thinning out. But all that said it looks like it’s putting up a fight. I hope it pulls through. Because it was gorgeous when I got delivered.

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