Elephant Ear Care

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.

Scientific name: Colocasia spp. and Alocasia spp.




  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Soil. Don’t use well-draining soil with Colocasias or green-leaved Alocasias. Heavy, loamy soil is ideal. In the cold of winter, allow the soil to dry out somewhat. Note for all other Alocasias: Use soil that’s dry, light, and aerated similar to soil used for house plants.
  • 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.
  • Zones: 6-11 / Perennial zones 9-11

Damaged leaves? Don’t fret. The leaves will quickly re-grow from the tubers. And you won’t even have to wait for the plant to mature. Even starter-size plants will produce new leaves.

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