Happy at home in the rainforest
Our houseplant friends never forget their roots, and they’ll always be the most content when their surroundings mimic their natural environment. For the alocasia that means indirect bright light, so close to a window where he can catch some rays without scorching.
Mist on the regular and he’ll grow to love you. Big ears he may have but he’s a fan of small shoes – don't rush to buy him a larger house because he’s ever so happy being pot bound.
A little helping hand - With every houseplant we send out you get a handy little guide to help your new plant live its best life, including where they'll want to live and how often they like to drink.
As you might have guessed, the Elephant Ear Alocasia can grow as big as his namesake. Each leaf is as rewarding as the last and he likes to stand out, so think carefully about where to put this statement plant before sitting back and watching him take centre stage. This houseplant likes things hot, and if he doesn’t get his way he’ll start to sulk; if you notice a loss of leaves and lack of new growth it’s time to turn up the thermostat. If his big ears start to smoulder he’s getting too much sun, so cut off the worst affected and move him in to the shade.
Our big friendly giant loves water but let the first couple of inches of soil dry out completely before giving him a good soaking. This will help to prevent pests from taking hold and starting to snack. Look out for dust and wipe each leaf every so often to give him some breathing room; those canvases should be green, not grey.
Try to avoid having a taste of those big leaves; they’re highly toxic when ingested. If your cat, dog or even toddler likes to eat anything green this guy is worth a miss, but don’t fret – we’ve got plenty of other pet and child friendly plants to choose from.
Think jungle steam room - it wouldn’t be a party for the alocasia if he wasn’t surrounded by moisture. Stand his pot on a plate of pebbles and water once a week to make him feel at home. Misting, however, is a no-no. The leaves are so big that if they stay damp for long they’re in serious risk of developing a few nasty diseases. Keep your new houseplant pal happy enough in the warmer summer months and you might see a new leaf as often as once a week. The kicker? Each one could be double the size of the last.
We know these big fellas won’t fit through your letter box so until we can work this out, delivery is available in London only.
Please allow 4 - 7 working days for delivery.
Free shipping not available on Big Pots & Plants