Plant Care Elephant's Ear

Elephant's Ear

4.4 out of 5 (26 experiences)

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

About Elephant's Ear

Elephant's Ear is a popular houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as having large, lush leaves and a fast grower with a whopping 307 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Elephant's Ear likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Taxonomy

Alocasia cuprea
Alocasia
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Jewel Alocasia and Cuprea

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?

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5"
Light

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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 region 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.

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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.

What other plant parents say

Elephant's Ear has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 20
Elephant's Ear has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 16
Elephant's Ear has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 9
Elephant's Ear has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 6
Elephant's Ear has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 3
Elephant's Ear has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
Elephant's Ear has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Baileymezinger avatar
@Baileymezinger
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 306 XP
globe Fremont, Ohio
11/09/2021

He’s a tricky one!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Puffscangrow avatar
@Puffscangrow
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 354 XP
globe Rancho Cordova, California
07/18/2021

One the bulb took off it grew like crazy and I needed to repot just about immediately

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Eleanortheflorist
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 610 XP
globe Saint Ives, England
07/16/2021

Needs to be kept moist and out of direct light. So beautiful but not for beginners. Leaves easily brown for seemingly no reason 😂

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Deeptouge avatar
@Deeptouge
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 1,648 XP
globe Tarentum, Pennsylvania
07/09/2021

Just an awesome plant, gets so big and it’s such a big toddler! The leaves go up and down and react to everything it’s hilarious! The only child I’ll put up with lol

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Anicole8 avatar
@Anicole8
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 1,111 XP
globe Frankford, West Virginia
07/07/2021

Very easy to care for!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Iejpotter avatar
@Iejpotter
leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 1,664 XP
globe Rye, England
05/26/2021

This is quite possibly the most annoying plant in the world! One minute it’s thriving and the next, it’s virtually dead. It’s so temperamental!

Happylittlegarden avatar
@Happylittlegarden
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 583 XP
globe Richmond, New South Wales
05/11/2021

don't be discouraged if they start losing a leaf or two - they can only support a select number of leaves at a time!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Plantsong avatar
@Plantsong
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 2,699 XP
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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
Pinkluva avatar
@Pinkluva
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 392 XP
globe Vancouver, Washington
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!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Elizabethweekes avatar
@Elizabethweekes
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 460 XP
globe Riverview, Florida
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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Kiersten avatar
@Kiersten
leaf-1 114 Plants
xp 5,775 XP
globe New Orleans, Louisiana
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 if they aren’t happy. Very communicative plant and it grows super quickly

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet

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