Plant Care Arrowleaf Elephant Ear

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear

Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | Last Updated: 09/08/2022

4.5 out of 5 (12 experiences)

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Arrowleaf Elephant Ear has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

American Taro, Xanthosoma atrovirens, Xanthosoma aurea, Alocasia xanthosoma variegata and Xanthosoma sagittifolium.

Taxonomy

Xanthosoma sagittifolium
Xanthosoma
Araceae
Alismatales

How to care for Arrowleaf Elephant Ear

💦 Water

How often to water your Arrowleaf Elephant Ear

Water needs for Arrowleaf Elephant Ear
0.5 cups
every 9

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear 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 Arrowleaf Elephant Ear

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Arrowleaf Elephant Ear in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Arrowleaf Elephant Ear: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear 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 Arrowleaf Elephant Ear in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Arrowleaf Elephant Ear

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Arrowleaf Elephant Ear →

Common Arrowleaf Elephant Ear Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear 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.

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear Water Frequency →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear 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 🏡.

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear Light Requirements →

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear 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.

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear Toxicity to Dogs →

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear Toxicity to Humans →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Arrowleaf Elephant Ear →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Arrowleaf Elephant Ear can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 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 Arrowleaf Elephant Ear

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear


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

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
Arrowleaf Elephant Ear has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Arrowleaf Elephant Ear has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Arrowleaf Elephant Ear has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Arrowleaf Elephant Ear has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
@error.crystal avatar
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leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 6,502 XP
11/17/2021

I’ve been dealing with spider mites since I got this plant. The little cups that form as the leaves grow are unfortunately great hiding places for the mites. Other than continually treating and dunking the plant, it’s been trying it’s hardest to survive

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
@Tosha77 avatar
@@Tosha77
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 1,997 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
06/26/2021

Loves organics in the soil, worm castings and such. Likes to be watered frequently and grows very fast.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Charlie avatar
@Charlie
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Lincoln, NE
05/28/2021

grows fast, so resilient

Eden avatar
@Eden
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 36 XP
05/16/2021

watch out for bugs!!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
@chw avatar
@@chw
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 1,081 XP
globe San Francisco, CA
03/17/2021

Stalks can buckle

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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