Plant Care Upright Elephant Ears

Upright Elephant Ears

4.5 out of 5 (35 experiences)

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

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. 🤭


Alocasia macrorrhizos

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


How often to water your Upright Elephant Ears

Water needs for Upright Elephant Ears
0.5 cups
every 9

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.

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 Upright Elephant Ears

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Giant Taro in your home

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

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.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Upright Elephant Ears in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Upright Elephant Ears

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

Difficulty Level

Upright Elephant Ears is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
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Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Upright Elephant Ears

Upright Elephant Ears

Upright 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

Upright Elephant Ears has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 30
Upright Elephant Ears has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 22
Upright Elephant Ears has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 10
Upright Elephant Ears has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 9
Upright Elephant Ears has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
Upright Elephant Ears has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Upright Elephant Ears has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Bigleaves avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 429 XP

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 !!!

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leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 139 XP
globe Columbus, Ohio

My husband got this for my 50th birthday

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 90 XP
globe League City, Texas

I love mine! It’s so tall and works as an inside plant.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Mimi avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 74 XP

Love my big baby

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Holly avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 85 XP
globe Whitstable, England

I always get it where one leaf grows up quickly and then one of the original leaves die in its place. My mum has the same plant and the same thing happens to her. I’ve got 2-3 leaves at one time and the leaves are big and beautiful

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 51 XP

PLEASE buy pest control. Please. I made the mistake of not doing that and I overwatered.

Fast grower Fast grower
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jaymcnuggets avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 147 XP
globe New Braunfels, Texas

u know how alocasias be

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Egotopia avatar
leaf-1 115 Plants
xp 5,123 XP
globe Jacksonville, Florida

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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Cjsplanties avatar
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 830 XP

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! )

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Cjred avatar
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 2,817 XP
globe Downtown Core, Singapore

Steady and easy care alocasia. Very very thirsty especially when spawning new leaves. Maker sure to have a weekly shower to avoid pests. Loves very bright light!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 395 XP
globe Holland, Michigan

This guy has been producing new leaves, and even a baby that has began to split. I was so nervous to care for such a large plant inside, but he seems to love it here!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 851 XP

Eek! The mites! The spider mites! They’re everywhere! I still love you though, sting ray. I’m treating them as best I can

Pest magnet Pest magnet
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 108 XP

They grow, get yellow, and die. And it’s sad :(
But like phoenixes, they’re reborn from the ashes.

Survivor Survivor

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