Alocasia / Elephant Ear

S & J Nursery’s “Growing

Alocasia Plants

in Northeast Florida Gardens”


Alocasia Portora and Flamingo coleus S and J Tree Farm and Nursery Alocasia….Elephant Ear? Taro Plants? What are they?

     With new selections coming
out all of the time, Alocasia plants are quickly gaining popularity and for good reason. The big bold foliage
and ease of care of these Asian natives make them the perfect addition to garden, they even make a great indoor
plant! 

     Alocasia plants may be
sold in garden centers under the names Elephant Ear or even Taro plants. Because Alocasia, Colocasia
and Xanthosoma plants all look so similar but can be used for different purposes, I like to call them
by their botanical names to avoid confusion to gardeners new to these big bold beautiful foliage plants. So
here at S & J Nursery you will hopefully always find a sign in front of the grouping of plants letting you
know what plant classification they belong to and how to care for them! 

     In general, but not always,
Alocasia plants will have their “ears” held upright on the stem with the narrowest part of the leaf pointing to
the sky and will be attached to the stem at the notch of the leaf. They will prefer a partial sun or partial
shade location in the Northeast Florida landscape and have heart shaped leaves.

      If your trying to
figure out if the plant you have growing in the he back yard is an Alocasia, Colocasia or Xanthosoma, here is a
link to the easiest explanation I have found! Although there are quite a few rule breakers among the new
and older plant selections, this will hopefully help a little.

What is the Difference? Alocasia, Colocasia, and
Xanthosoma

 Where to plant your Alocasia in Northeast Florida
GardensAlocasia Regal Shields

Alocasia elephant ear plants will require a partial
sun or partial shade location (filtered light is perfect) in the Jacksonville and St. Augustine area
landscape. Be sure to amend the soil generously with compost when planting and topdress the surrounding
area each spring with compost to keep your elephant ear plants looking great year after year.
Alocasia prefer soil rich in organic matter that is moist but still well draining.

 Your Alocasia Plants and Northeast Florida Winter Temperatures

When temperatures begin to drop below
32
 degrees Alocasia plants will loose their water filled foliage. Don’t despair, they will quickly
regrow new shoots and leaves in spring when the weather warms here in the Jacksonville and St. Augustine
area landcsape.

 


S & J Nursery’s Alocasia Plant Selections for Northeast Florida Gardeners

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Calidora

 

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Portora

 

Alocasia regal Shields S & J Tree Farm and Nursery

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information on Alocasia Regal Shields