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Alocasia Gageana

  • Humidity -likes a lot of moisture in the air. The bathroom is a great home, or mist leaves every few days.
  • Bright light - big leaves like a lot of light. Not too much direct sun, as it can burn leaves, but somewhere nice and bright.
  • Regular watering - likes moist, but not soggy, soil. Check weekly and water if the top inch of soil feels dry. Cut back in winter.
  • This plant loves aerated soil. Easy to do. Just gently poke a few holes in the soil with a pencil, to let air circulate
  • height 85cm pot 21cm

Dwarf elephant ear, or alocasia gagaena, might sound strange for a plant so large, but you should see how big this one gets in the wild. In its natural habitat in South-East Asia, it can grow several metres tall. It’s obviously much smaller than that in a domestic setting, but it still commands a lot of space. You should give it a spot at least a metre wide to let its big leaves spread.