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Alocasia wentii is sometimes known as 'Hardy Elephant Ear', as it is easy to grow and more cold hardy than some other Alocasias. It tolerates some frost, and may go dormant if the temperature drops too low. It has green leaves with striking metallic purple undersides. The leaves grow to around a foot in length, and the plant reaches around 1.5 metres high and wide. This plant likes partial shade, and can also be grown in deep shade. The best soil is rich, moist, and well drained.
Alocasias are good for giving a tropical feel to the garden, and also make good indoor plants if given a bright position and regular watering. Dry air can make them prone to attack by pests such as red spider mite, misting the plant regularly can help this. Fertilise through the warm months with half strength liquid feed, or with a slow release fertiliser.
Alocasias can give swelling and irritation if swallowed or ingested.
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Maximum height: 1.5 metres
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Maximum width: 1.5 metres
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Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Root rots in very wet conditions
Red spider mite
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Half strength liquid fertiliser applied through the warmer months.