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Alocasia portei (Alocasia, Elephant ear)

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Best Australian natives for pots & small gardens. The trend towards smaller gardens has inspired the plant lovers in the nursery industry to respond with an ever-increasing range of Australian plants that will delight those who want to attract birds and butterflies and bring a little bit of the bush onto their balconies. From banksias to bottlebrush there are plants that will add colour and texture to provide year round interest.

Find a plant for your garden or home. Search for plants and flowers visually, by name, flower colour and other attributes. Search for native plants, edible plants and popular exotics such as roses and petunias.

How to plant. Learn how to plant correctly. Planting correctly will not only get your garden off to a flying start, but it will also ensure that your plants's root systems develop as healthily as possible, maximising their long-term stability.

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Plant description

Alocasia portei is a perennial tuberous plant valued for its foliage. The leaves are heavily scalloped and are very decorative, and can grow to a metre long. It can grow to around 2 metres tall and wide. It is a tropical plant, but can be grown in temperate areas in a warm spot. It may go dormant if the temperature is too low, but will reshoot when the weather warms. It likes rich, well drained soil, and frequent watering. It also likes warmth and humidity. If the air is too dry, it is prone to attacks from pests such as red spider mites. It likes filtered sun to a deep shade postion.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light 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: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist.

Sand: moist.

Diseases

Root rot if overly wet conditions

Pests

Red spider mites

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Half strength liquid fertiliser applied through the warmer months.

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