How To Grow Elephant Ear


Bring the tropics indoors with a feature plant that really likes to listen!

Okay, technically, it doesn’t have ears, but the leaves of this tropical species do closely resemble elephant ears. Their resemblance is so uncanny, that they are commonly known by this name.

Elephant ears (Alocacia spp.) are available in variety of sizes, colours and textures.

The larger leaf form are popularly used indoors to hide those ‘not so nice’ looking corners of the room, whereas the smaller varieties are great for adding a little variety to benches, tables or used as low understory plantings.

With the wide variety currently available and their easy care nature, you are sure to find a variety that will be music to your ears!

Position: Indoors in a well lit spot away from direct sunlight. Outdoors in a warm climate, where it can receive part shade to filtered light, like under a tree 
Water: Water occasionally, allowing the plant to slightly dry out between waterings
Soil: Well drained

How to grow:

Step 1: Choose a pot at least twice the size of the original pot. Position in a well-lit indoors, but away from direct sunlight. 

Step 2: Partially fill your chosen planter with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix
Step 3: Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any encircled or tangled roots.  
Step 4: Position in pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well. 
Step 5: Water occasionally, allowing the plant to slightly dry out between waterings.
Step 6: Feed weekly from spring to autumn with Yates® Thrive® Houseplant Liquid Plant Food

Growing Tips:

Our favourite Elephant ears include:


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