Plant Care Elephant Ear Philodendron

Elephant Ear Philodendron

4.7 out of 5 (10 experiences)

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

About Elephant Ear Philodendron

Philodendrons grow aerial roots that grip the bark of trees, allowing them to grow over 20 feet tall! Their leaves change shape as they climb and can grow larger than a dinner plate. Fossils show Philodendrons growing as far back as 30 million years ago when South America was still connected to Antarctica! ❄️

Taxonomy

Philodendron giganteum
Philodendron
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Giganteum, Giant Philodendron, Blizzard and Philoddendron Giganteum

How to care for Elephant Ear Philodendron

💦 Water

How often to water your Elephant Ear Philodendron

Water needs for Elephant Ear Philodendron
0.5 cups
every 9

Elephant Ear Philodendron 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 Elephant Ear Philodendron

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Elephant Ear Philodendron in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Elephant Ear Philodendron: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Elephant Ear Philodendron can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Elephant Ear Philodendron in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Elephant Ear Philodendron

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Elephant Ear Philodendron 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.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Elephant Ear Philodendron can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

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🐶 🐈 👶 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.

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💨 Humidity

Elephant Ear Philodendron 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.

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🪴 Soil

Elephant Ear Philodendron does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

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💩 Fertilizer

Elephant Ear Philodendron should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

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❄️ Dormancy

Elephant Ear Philodendron does not have a typical pattern of dormancy. If you notice their growth slowing down substantially, double check that they are getting enough sunlight and water to thrive!


🌎 Native Region

Elephant Ear Philodendron is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean.


🌱 Propagation

Elephant Ear Philodendron can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

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🧐 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 Elephant Ear Philodendron

Elephant Ear Philodendron

Elephant Ear Philodendron


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft 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

Elephant Ear Philodendron has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 8
Elephant Ear Philodendron has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 6
Elephant Ear Philodendron has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Elephant Ear Philodendron has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Elephant Ear Philodendron has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Elephant Ear Philodendron has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Elephant Ear Philodendron has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@Lilycox avatar
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leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 1,074 XP
globe Greta, New South Wales
08/16/2021

It hasn’t died yet.

Survivor Survivor
@Whitneylinae avatar
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leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 1,967 XP
05/20/2021

Grew this from a bulb and it’s getting its second leaf

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
@Lalawilk365 avatar
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leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 339 XP
globe McKinney, TX
03/13/2021

Love my EE plant. She’s fussy sometimes and likes a lot of humidity, light and water. I have so many new babies. Can’t wait for spring and summer to propagate!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 543 XP
globe Riverview, FL
03/11/2021

I snatched it from the mall in November where it was dying and it completely died but then came back and has popped out a new leaf every other week for the past 2 months

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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