Alocasia plants are known for their BIG, lush leaves, and some varieties, such as the colocasia elephant ear and stingray alocasia, can grow quite large. Growing a big Alocasia doesn’t always mean big leaves. It can also mean a full lush plant depending on the variety. If you want to grow a big lush alocasia, there are a few things you can do:
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How to Grow Big Alocasia Elephant Ear Plants
- Bright indirect light: Alocasias need bright indirect light to thrive. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight, as this can scorch their leaves. If you do not have access to bright indirect light, you can supplement your plant’s light with a grow light.
- Warm temperatures: Alocasias prefer warm temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid placing your plant near drafts or air conditioning vents.
- High humidity: Alocasias require high humidity to thrive. If your home is dry, you can increase the humidity around your plant by misting it regularly, placing it on a pebble tray filled with water, or adding in a humidifier.
- Moist soil: Alocasias like moist soil, but they don’t like to sit in water. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. Be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.
- Well-draining soil: Alocasias prefer a well-draining potting mix that is rich in organic matter. You can use a pre-made potting mix for alocasias or make your own by mixing together equal parts potting mix, peat moss, and perlite.
- Regular fertilization: Fertilize your alocasia plant every two weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Dilute the fertilizer to half strength before applying it to your plant.
- Regular repotting: Alocasias are fast growers and may need to be repotted every year or two. Repot your plant in the spring, using a pot that is one size larger than its current pot.
- Be Consistent: This is the most important tip of all. Being consistent with care and attend to your plant when issues arrive and handling them swiftly
In addition to the above conditions, there are a few other things you can do to encourage your alocasia plants to grow big:
- Use a large pot: Alocasias have large root systems, so it is important to use a pot that is large enough to accommodate their roots. If you pot your alocasia in a pot that is too small, it will not be able to grow to its full potential. Repot when you see roots above the soil line or are coming out of the bottom of the pot.
- Provide support: Alocasias have large, heavy leaves, so it is important to provide them with support to prevent the leaves from drooping or breaking. You can use a stake or moss pole to support your alocasia plant. Leaves typically droop when they are old or not getting enough light.
- Be patient: Alocasias are slow-growing plants, so it takes time for them to grow big. Be patient and provide your plant with the proper care, and it will eventually grow into a large and beautiful specimen.
- Choose the right variety: Some varieties of alocasia are naturally larger than others. When choosing a variety to grow indoors, look for a variety that is known to grow large.
- Fertilize regularly: Alocasias are heavy feeders, so it is important to fertilize them regularly during the growing season. Use a balanced fertilizer that is diluted to half strength.
- Provide a humid environment: Alocasias thrive in humid environments. If your home is dry, you can increase the humidity around your plant by misting it regularly, placing it on a pebble tray filled with water, grouping it with other plants or better yet adding in a humidifier.
- Protect from pests and diseases: Alocasias are susceptible to a number of pests and diseases. Inspect your plant regularly for signs of pests or diseases, and treat them immediately if you find any.
Growing big lush Alocasia can take time so have patience and be consistent with your care. If you are struggling just remember you can always start over and try again.