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Alocasia x Portora 'Portora' (Alocasia, Elephant ear, Persian palm)

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Plant description

Alocasia x Portora is a perennial plant that is a good foliage plant, with spectacular large leaves. It makes a large upright clump, with giant, green scallpoed leaves. It is very fast growing, and makes a great architectural specimen plant. It likes light to medium shade, and a rich, well drained soil with regular watering. It grows to 2.5 metres tall, and can tolerate light frosts.

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.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 2.5 metres
Minimum height: 1.8 metres

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.

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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