Plant Care Elephant's Ear
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Elephant's Ear

4.9 out of 5 (8 experiences)

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

Also known as

Jewel Alocasia and Cuprea

Taxonomy

Alocasia cuprea
Alocasia
Araceae
Alismatales

What other plant parents say

Elephant's Ear has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 6
Elephant's Ear has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
Elephant's Ear has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Elephant's Ear has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Elephant's Ear has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Elephant's Ear has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Elephant's Ear has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
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@Kiersten
New Orleans, LA
Rating of the plant Elephant's Ear named Jimmy by Kiersten on Greg, the plant care app
02/21/2021

These guys are super prone to a number of pests but Jimmy has recovered from probably 5 separate infestations with no problem. They like A LOT of light and their super delicate leaves will tell you…

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@Pinkluva
Vancouver, WA
Rating of the plant Elephant's Ear named Baby Elephant by Pinkluva on Greg, the plant care app
03/30/2021

I ordered a baby elephant plant from a seller living in Florida. One of the leaves had turned yellow and I thought this baby would die but with some TLC it’s growing a new leaf!

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@Plantsong
Las Vegas, NV
Rating of the plant Elephant's Ear named Eirene by Plantsong on Greg, the plant care app
04/02/2021

This plant needs to be misted and it needs high humidity! Ends can brown pretty easily but supposedly if you mist it enough that won’t happen.

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@Elizabethwe…
Riverview, FL
Rating of the plant Elephant's Ear named Mando by Elizabethweekes on Greg, the plant care app
03/25/2021

I love this plant so much. The leaves are bigger than my face! I’m surprised at how fast it is growing in the winter.

How to care for Elephant's Ear

Water

How often to water your Elephant's Ear

Water needs for Elephant's Ear
0.5 cups
every 9

Elephant's 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 Elephant's Ear

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 Elephant's Ear in your home

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

Elephant's 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 city to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Elephant's Ear in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Elephant's Ear

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

Care Summary for Elephant's Ear

Elephant's Ear

Elephant's 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.

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