Elephant Ears

If it’s majesty and impressive size you’re after in your garden, elephant ears are a great choice. The leaves don’t just resemble the shape of an elephant’s ear but also the massive size. Not sure which variety to choose or how to care for elephant ears? Read on.




  • Leaves hang or droop
  • Bright light
  • Heavy, loamy soil
  • Leaves often point upright or horizontally
  • Part sun to shade*
  • Well-draining soil*


* Colocasias and green-leaved Alocasias (Calidora, Borneo King, etc.) have similar care needs. All other Alocasias prefer drier soil that is light and aerated, and they thrive in part sun to shade.

Water. Elephant ears are big fans of water. We recommend planting them in a shallow pool of water or in a container with a saucer.

Soil. Don’t use well-draining soil with Colocasias or green-leaved Alocasias. Heavy, loamy soil is ideal. Note for all other Alocasias: Use soil that’s dry, light, and aerated similar to soil used for house plants.

Fertilizer. Keep elephant ears' appetites satiated with heavy fertilizing. We use our special Elephant Ear Formula for lush, rapid growth.

Light. Whatever light is available, it’s a win-win with Colocasias and green-leaved Alocasias. They easily adapt to the amount of light they receive. If planted in full sun, they typically grow more compact and brightly colored. In shade, elephant ears often reach their largest size. Note for all other Alocasias: Plant in part sun to shade.

    Zones: 6-11 / Perennial zones 9-11

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