Plant Care Hardy Elephant Ears

Hardy Elephant Ears

4.7 out of 5 (6 experiences)

Hardy Elephant Ears has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Hardy Elephant Ears has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Hardy Elephant Ears

Alocasias, commonly known as Elephant Ears, are some of the most common houseplants although their leaves can reach enormous sizes when grown outdoors! 🐘 They typically only support a few leaves at a time (more, when they get more sun!) so don't be concerned if you see an old leaf begin to retire after a new one emerges. They grow out of underground corms which are similar to bulbs, so next time you repot keep an eye out for baby Alocasias! They contain calcium oxalate crystals so be sure to keep them out of reach if you have children or pets! ⚠️

Taxonomy

Alocasia wentii
Alocasia
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

New Guinea Shield, New Guinea Shield, Went's Hardy Elephant Ears, Giant Elephant Ear, Dwarf Elephant's Ear and Elephants Ear

How to care for Hardy Elephant Ears

💦 Water

How often to water your Hardy Elephant Ears

Water needs for Hardy Elephant Ears
0.5 cups
every 9

Hardy Elephant Ears 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 Hardy Elephant Ears

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for New Guinea Shield in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Hardy Elephant Ears: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Hardy Elephant Ears 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 Hardy Elephant Ears in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Hardy Elephant Ears

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Hardy Elephant Ears can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing New Guinea Shield →

Common New Guinea Shield Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Hardy Elephant Ears 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.

New Guinea Shield Water Frequency →

New Guinea Shield Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Hardy Elephant Ears 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 🏡.

New Guinea Shield Light Requirements →

New Guinea Shield 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.


💨 Humidity

Hardy Elephant Ears 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.

New Guinea Shield Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Hardy Elephant Ears is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

When and How to Successfully Repot New Guinea Shield →


💩 Fertilizer

Hardy Elephant Ears is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize New Guinea Shield →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Hardy Elephant Ears to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Hardy Elephant Ears is native to tropical and subtropical Asia and Eastern Australia.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Hardy Elephant Ears grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune New Guinea Shield →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Hardy Elephant Ears can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. Find your local hardiness zone here.

New Guinea Shield Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Hardy Elephant Ears can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 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 Hardy Elephant Ears

Hardy Elephant Ears

Hardy Elephant Ears


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

Hardy Elephant Ears has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
Hardy Elephant Ears has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Hardy Elephant Ears has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
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leaf-1 27 Plants
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12/21/2021

Gorgeous beautiful deep green

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 210 XP
05/04/2021

This plant is fairly low maintenance and pretty- great for beginner plant parents! :) Just make sure that you don’t place in it bright direct sunlight for too long or brown spots can start appearing. On average a new leaf grows every 2 weeks in good conditions.

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

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