Alocasia amazonica “Polly”, also known as Elephant Ear or African Shield, is a tropical perennial plant. While Polly is a hybrid created relatively recently with mixed origin stories, the genus Alocasia is native to tropical rainforest climates in India, Southeast Asia, southern China, and southern Pacific islands. About seventy species fall within the genus Alocasia. Polly features large, waxy leaves in the shape of an arrow-head protruding from long single stems. Leaves are a deep green with silver veining and have a rich purple underside.
Alocasia amazonica require moderate care, but reward plant parents with large, beautifully patterned foliage. Each leaf has a unique shape and the plant is ornate enough to decorate a space. They grow best where they get plenty of bright, indirect light or in partial shade. Being the tropical plants that they are, Alocasia should be watered regularly so that the soil is always at least lightly moist but never dry. They do best in high humidity areas such as kitchens and well-lit bathrooms.
Although plant parents tend to have their own parenting style and each plant’s needs are different, our plant experts have a few suggestions they’ve found to be helpful overall:
Alocasias thrive in bright, indirect light.
Water evenly, and only when top two to three inches of soil are completely dry.
Alocasia plants do best in temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees, and will stop growing at colder temps.
Fertilize every two to three weeks from the end of March through early September.