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Alocasia gageana (Dwarf elephant ear, Elephant ear, Alocasia)

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Plant description

Alocasia gageana, the Dwarf Elephant Ear, is a tuberous tropical perennial plant that makes a great foliage plant for indoors or outdoors. It has large round emerald green leaves with decoratively scalloped edges on a clumping plant. It grows from tropical to temperate areas, and will give a tropical feel to the garden or indoors. It grows well in either sun or part shade, and will tolerate denser shade. It likes warmth, humidity, and regular watering and fertilising.

Alocasia is relatively cold hardy, and can tolerate mild frosts. It may die back when the weather is too cold, but will reshoot in warmer temperatures. Dry air can make the plant susceptible to pests such as red spider mites, regular misting will help this.

Propagation is from division of offsets.

This plant can be irritant to the skin, and can be poisonous if eaten.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: 1.5 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: wet, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Diseases

Root rot in over wet conditions

Pests

Red spider mites

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: Liquid fertiliser applied through the warmer months.

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