Plant Care Chinese Taro

Chinese Taro

4.6 out of 5 (8 experiences)

Chinese Taro has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Chinese Taro has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Hooded Dwarf Elephant Ear, Chinese Ape, Buddha's Hand, 'hooded dwarf', Alocasia and Hooded Dwarf Elepant Ears


Alocasia cucullata

How to care for Chinese Taro


How often to water your Chinese Taro

Water needs for Chinese Taro
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese Taro 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 Chinese Taro

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.

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Finding light for Chinese Taro in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Taro: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Chinese Taro 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 Chinese Taro in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Chinese Taro

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

Care Summary for Chinese Taro

Chinese Taro

Chinese Taro

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

Chinese Taro has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Chinese Taro has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Chinese Taro has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Bursill96 avatar
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 595 XP
globe Peterborough, England

Lives in my downstairs toilet and is sometimes forgotten about!! Can last without watering for a while

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Lilcritti avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 586 XP

This baby requires a lot of water but man is she pretty. She’s been growing fast with new leaves coming out of no where. She does attract bugs but minimal. Love the luscious leaves, looks absolutely tropical.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower

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