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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.
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Flowering season: not specified
Maximum height: 2 metres
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Maximum width: 2 metres
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Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Root rot if overly wet conditions
Red spider mites
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Half strength liquid fertiliser applied through the warmer months.