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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.
Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: not specified
Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres
Maximum width: 1.5 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: wet, moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Root rot in over wet conditions
Red spider mites
Planting season: not specified.
Types of fertiliser: Liquid fertiliser applied through the warmer months.