Alocasia Macrorrhiza


‘Giant Taro’

Do you like big tropical leaves? Like BIG leaves? Like seriously HUGE leaves? Well ahoy there Giant Taro… this guy is a BEAST and I LOVE him. L O V E. This is one of the biggest Alocasia, it has the largest un-split leaf in the world reaching 2 metres in length. Want to know something wild? The giant taro is a staple food for over three hundred million people worldwide – I wouldn’t nibble it mind, because eaten raw it can make you poorly. (and it’s not the leaves you munch just FYI)

These guys aren’t WHY DON’T WE HAVE A VAN YET size (yet) and they’ll arrive in a paper bag as usual, in a 19cm nursery pot and they’re a modest 75cm in height.

Oh – and just because I like to mess with you all – I only have 3…

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Light : Bright light will keep your Alocasia happy. If you notice her leaning, or getting spindly then you might want to bring her closer to the light. The leaves can scorch if left in direct sun. 

Water:  You can let the top few centimetres dry out between watering but you don’t want to let her get too dry. Also overwatering won’t do you any favours so don’t let her sit in wet soil. If you see a new leaf coming she’ll be extra thirsty so just keep your eye on her and she’ll be lovely. 

Humidity: Alocasia are a tropical jungle plant so they do enjoy humidity. You can keep her in the bathroom or around other house plants. You can also mist the area around them but not directly on the leaves. 

Temperature: Avoid cold draughts or sudden temperature changes. Keeping her in a warm environment will make her most happy 18 – 25 degrees should do the trick. 

Food:  You can feed your Alocasia once a month,  through the spring and summer months with half strength general houseplant food. Make sure you feed moist soil, never dry. Do not feed her in the winter.

Toxicity:  Mildly toxic to pets and humans so best to keep out of reach of children and fur babies. 

Dimensions 19 × 75 cm

Yellowing/spotting of leaves could be a sign of overwatering. Make sure you let the top soil dry out between waterings especially in winter months. 

Browning edges of leaves can mean they’ve either been torched by the sun or she’s a bit thirsty. Remember to keep your Polly out of direct sunlight. 

Leaves fading and dying in autumn or winter, these plants go into dormancy as temperatures drop. Don’t worry if this happens, but reduce your watering


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