Plant Care Hardy Elephant Ears

Hardy Elephant Ears

4.6 out of 5 (5 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

Also known as

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


Alocasia wentii

How to care for Hardy Elephant Ears


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

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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.

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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.

Care Summary for Hardy Elephant Ears

Hardy Elephant Ears

Hardy Elephant Ears

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

Hardy Elephant Ears has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Hardy Elephant Ears has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Hardy Elephant Ears has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
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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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