Plant Care Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis'

Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis'

About Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis'

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 nebula 'Imperialis'

Also known as

Elephant's Ear 'Imperialis' and Jewel Alocasia 'Imperialis'

How to care for Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis'


How often to water your Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis'

Water needs for Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis'
0.5 cups
every 9

Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis' needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Francisco, California.

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 nebula 'Imperialis'

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 nebula 'Imperialis' in San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California

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Growing Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis' in San Francisco right now

Light needs for plant Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis' in San Francisco, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

February 5th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Francisco is currently low 📉.

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

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Light needs for plant Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis' in San Francisco, California

Sunlight will increase by 37.6% ☀️

February 4th, 2023

San Francisco is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Francisco is expected to increase by 37.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.6 megajoules of ene…

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Light needs for plant Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis' in San Francisco, California

Daylight will increase by 1.0 hours 📈

February 2nd, 2023

This month, San Francisco is getting an average of 8.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 10.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.6 total hours …

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Finding light for Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis' in your home

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

Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis' 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 San Francisco, California ⛅.


How to fertilize Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis'

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

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Care Summary for Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis'

Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis'

Alocasia nebula 'Imperialis'

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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