- Botanical Name: Alocasia amazonica
- Common Name(s): African Mask, Alocasia Polly, Elephant Ears
- Light: Bright
- Water: Frequent
- Soil: Potting Mix
- Pet Friendly: No
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Description & Care Instructions:
The Alocasia Polly is also known as the African Mask or Elephant Ears. It has beautiful deep green leaves with silvery veining. The Alocasia Polly is a unique houseplant but beware that it is on the harder side to care for. It requires bright, indirect light as well as soil that is constantly moist from watering. This plant is toxic to humans and pets so do not place it in an easily accessible area.
The Alocasia Polly, or African Mask plant requires bright, indirect light. They do not do well with direct sunlight. Place them near a bright window but not close enough to get direct light on the leaves.
Keep the soil moist, not saturated. Avoid getting water on the leaves and try to water around the base of the plant. If you are not sure how often to water your plant simply stick your finger into the soil and if it feels dry then it needs water. Be careful not to overwater your plant, the soil should not feel soggy or saturated. Overwatering can cause root rot and cause the leaves to brown and drop. During the winter allow the soil to become almost dry between waterings.
Temp & Humidity:
African Mask plants are tropical so they prefer warmer temperatures and humidity levels. Their ideal temperatures are between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 24 C). Colder temperatures can cause your African Mask to either go dormant or die.
These plants enjoy a higher humidity level due to their tropical nature. Humidity levels above 40% are preferred for this plant. To accomplish this, simply mist the plant once a day or place the pot on a small tray filled with pebbles and water.
These plants love fast draining and aerated soil. Mix some quality potting mix with peat moss and perlite to create a nice growing medium for your plant.
A simple liquid houseplant fertilizer will work just fine for this plant. Dilute your liquid fertilizer with some distilled water and feed it twice a week. Each plant is different so you may have to dial in your feeding method. Sprinkling Epsom salts on the soil around the base of the plant once a month can help with yellowing leaves. Continue feeding until the end of summer and stop feeding in the winter months.
Toxicity to pets:
This plant is toxic to pets and people so keep any small children and your pets away from the plant. Keep it up on a high shelf so there is no easy access to it. Signs and symptoms of poisoning include oral irritation, pain, and swelling of the mouth, tongue, and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing.*
*Visit the ASPCA.org website for more information.