These beautiful plants are pretty fast-growing, so choose a spot it can flourish and spread into. Consider repotting every year or two.
Alocasia California is considered a dwarf variety, meaning it won't grow to the enormous height (4m+) of some of its relatives. It will however still create a big impact with its huge leaves.
They are prolific growers, producing babies at the base which can be propagated or left in place for a full and rounded look.
Dwarf Elephants Ear or alocasia gagaena are native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia typically growing to reach several metres tall.
There are over 90 different types of Alocasia, all with a variety of leaf shapes and sizes. Although they are one of the most tropical looking houseplants they will happily grow inside our homes.
Other Common Names: California Elephant Ear, Dwarf Elephant Ear
Light: Loves bright indirect light, can tolerate some direct sunshine on its leaves, but not too much, as that will burn them.
Water: This beauty would appreciate having its soil kept lightly moist at all times, but certainly not soaking, as this will cause the leaves to drop or get brown spots.
Humidity: Happiest in a humid spot, like a bathroom or kitchen, although other spaces are fine, it would just be worth misting a couple of times a week, using a pebble tray or keeping near other plants.
Temperature: Alocasia California prefers temperatures of between 18-25°C to thrive. Avoid draughty spots, which will cause temperatures to fluctuate.