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Elephant's Ear Small

Alocasia X amazonica "Poly"

("al-oh-KAY-zee-ah am-ah-ZON-eek-ah")

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Our small Elephant's Ear houseplant, known as Alocasia X amazonica "Poly", is a small striking plant with large patterned leaves.  Alocasia species are a group of aroids from the tropics of Asia and Eastern Australia, often noted for their dramatic foliage, sometimes richly patterned. Poly has beautiful silvery-white veins on its dramatic dark green, arrow-shaped leaves, which can grow up to 30cm long.   The undersides of the leaves are a deep red colour and they are help aloft by fleshy pale green stems.

The variety "Poly" (not "Polly" - it was named after is supposed polyploidal chromosome number, not the girl's name) is a hybrid of Alocasia longiloba and Alocasia sanderiana, which was developed in the 1950s from a selection of an earlier type called Alocasia Amazonica. This was bred by Salvadore Mauro - a postman and nursery owner from Florida - who named the plant after his Amazonica Nursery business. No Alocasias grow wild anywhere in the Amazon, so its name is rather misleading.

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Pets & Children

Like most aroids, the sap of Aglaonema can be irritating if it gets in the mouth of people of pets.

Height

30-40cm. It is a compact variety that will rarely exceed this height.

Nursery Pot Size

12cm

Country of Origin

Aglaonemas grow wild in Southesast Asia and the Philippines, although the hybrid that led to "Silver Queen" - a cross of Aglaonema nitidum "Curtisii" and Aglaonema pictum "Tricolor" occurred in a nursery in Florida.

Habitat Conditions

The wild relatives of Aglaonema "Silver Queen" grow on the forest floors of the jungles of Southeast Asia, so they thrive in warm, conditions with good (but not direct) light and moist soil.

Plant Care

Light

Medium-low - medium-high (but can tolerate lower light levels if not over watered).

Watering

Keep the soil moist, but not wet, and avoid very cold water, which can be very damaging to the roots (allow to warm to room temperature of possible). Mist the leaves with tepid water to keep them looking fresh and to reduce the risk of two-spotted spider mite, or the leaf tips going brown and crispy.

Pruning

Little pruning required, but mature plants tend to form stalks, which can be cut back to encourage new growth from the base. The small and rather dull looking flowers should be removed as they use valuable resources and, as this is a hybrid, are sterile.

Feeding

A little dilute fertilizer in the water at every watering will be beneficial.

Pest & Diseases

Warm dry conditions may encourage two-spotted spider mite, so mist the foliage or keep the plant in a more humid environment (bathrooms are good). Mealybugs are an occasional problem, and they should be removed by cleaning the plant with a damp cloth or paper towel.
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