Plant Care Alocasia Polly Plant

Alocasia Polly Plant

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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! ⚠️

Taxonomy

Alocasia × mortfontanensis
Alocasia
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

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

How to care for Alocasia Polly Plant

💦 Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

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.

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

🪴 Nutrients

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ 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!

Benefits of Growing Alocasia Polly Plant →

Common Alocasia Polly Plant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Alocasia Polly Plant 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.

Alocasia Polly Plant Water Frequency →

Alocasia Polly Plant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Alocasia Polly Plant 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 Polly Plant Light Requirements →

Alocasia Polly Plant 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.

Alocasia Polly Plant Toxicity to Dogs →


💨 Humidity

Alocasia Polly Plant 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 Polly Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Alocasia Polly Plant 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 Polly Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Alocasia Polly Plant 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 Alocasia Polly Plant →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Alocasia Polly Plant 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 Polly Plant is native to tropical and subtropical Asia and Eastern Australia.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

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

How and When to Prune Alocasia Polly Plant →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Alocasia Polly Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Alocasia Polly Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Alocasia Polly Plant 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

How to Propagate Alocasia Polly Plant →


🧐 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 Polly Plant

Alocasia Polly Plant

Alocasia Polly Plant


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 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
@AggroResting avatar
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leaf-1 24 Plants
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03/11/2022

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!

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Norwich, England
02/28/2022

Sometimes cries but is beautiful and makes the room brighter

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leaf-1 14 Plants
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01/26/2022

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
06/18/2021

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

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leaf-1 62 Plants
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06/15/2021

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
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globe Fairfax, VA
06/03/2021

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

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globe Austin, TX
06/02/2021

Very pretty ! Easy with Greg’s advice!

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globe Charlotte, NC
05/29/2021

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
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05/24/2021

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 22 Plants
xp 842 XP
05/17/2021

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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@venusthightrap avatar
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leaf-1 52 Plants
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04/20/2021

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
04/08/2021

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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leaf-1 20 Plants
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globe Riverview, FL
03/11/2021

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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leaf-1 16 Plants
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globe Philadelphia, PA
02/16/2021

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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