Botanical Name: Alocasia Macrorrhiza 'Dwarf Calidora'
Common Name: Giant Taro, Dwarf Elephant Ear
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Alocasia Macrorrhiza is the subtler sister to the Alocasia Amazonica. The Macrorrhiza variety has the same large arrow-shaped leaves with prominent veins and scalloped edges. The primary difference is colouring: the Alocasia Macrorrhiza is monochromatic, and brighter green in hue.
A mature Alocasia Macrorrhiza is often sold between 0.6-1m in height (2-3ft); however, they can attain upwards of 4.5m (15ft). Babies can be bought at nearly any size, usually from 7.5cm (3in) and up.
Alocasia Macrorrhiza does like the sun, and can tolerate direct light for a portion of the day. Place yours in an eastern window where it will get direct light in the mornings only; otherwise, try somewhere it’ll get 6-8 hours of indirect light daily.
Water: Try giving your Alocasia Macrorrhiza about a litre of water approximately once a week. Ensure it’s had time to dry out between waterings; root rot can be a concern, so you want to avoid overwatering. Using a pot with good drainage will help; pick one that allows you to easily discard excess water.
A loose, well-draining potting mix is best for the Alocasia Macrorrhiza; potting loam works well, too. Wear gloves when repotting.
Pets: Alocasia Macrorrhiza is toxic and should be kept out of reach of pets.*
*According to the ASPCA
Alocasia Macrorrhiza 8"
This Alocasia Macrorrhiza comes in a 8" plastic growers pot.
*All plants vary, and may not be exactly as pictured.