Upright Elephant Ears
4.5 out of 5 (35 experiences)
About Upright Elephant Ears
Alocasia macrorrhizos (otherwise known as the giant taro plant) is a staple crop of the Pacific Islands. The leaves of this plant can reach gigantic proportions, growing up to six feet in length! Not to be confused with the taro root, the giant taro is used primarily for medicinal purposes. 🤒
Across the Pacific, giant taro is used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from influenza to ringworm and even snake bites. Don’t be tempted to snack on yours though, since giant taro contains calcium oxalate crystals (called raphides) that can cause itching to the skin and mouth. 🤭
Also known as
Giant Taro, Giant Taro, dark star, 'Dark Star' hybrid Elephant Ear and Elephant ear 'Dark Star'
How to care for Upright Elephant Ears
Upright Elephant Ears needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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Upright 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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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 Upright Elephant Ears after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
What other plant parents say
Huge , luscious green leaves that are so aesthetic , this paticular plant grows quite quick so I recommend providing it with a big space so it can have room too grow , partial to a dark space as too much sun can scorch the leaves resulting in the leaves turning brown . Doesn’t like too much water so make sure you don’t overwater it !!!
I pulled the bulbs in this pot out of a rotten stem on the ground and it took a long time for them to start growing, but now that they have taken off the plants are growing extremely quickly. It sits in my yard in Florida under full sun for more than 6 hours. The soil is a mix of organic ground soil and bark. It likes to stay very moist to the point of being nearly boggy. In a 15 inch plastic pot. I water it once a week.
The Giant Taro seems partial to medium-‘low’ light. The edges tend to brown easily in direct sun light and with low humidity. They don’t like the cold. Mine Tends to grow a lot of smaller leaves around the base and a few larger leaves above. The plant seems to be drought resistant in my east facing windows and only needs to be water every 10-15 days. Mine tends to be happiest when I wipe the leave down weekly! Overall easy beginner plant for someone looking for something that is ‘big’ or ‘impressive’. (Make sure you have the space as they can grow supposing quickly! )