Alocasia Polly

$35

Alocasia Polly, aka the African Mask Plant, is a variety of Elephant Ear native to subtropical Asia and Australia. It's dark purple/green leaves are shaped like an arrowhead and have contrasting thick, creamy veins running through them. Although this is a slightly more dwarf variety, their leaves can still grow up to 30 cm long. Alocasia is toxic to both people and animals, so they are not to be ingested.

They should not be in a position to see the sun directly, although early morning or late evening sun is fine. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain is best and most homes are comprised primarily of indirect sunlight. The best spot for them is where they do not see the sun during the majority of the day but still get bright, indirect light.
They will thrive in bright light, but also can tolerate medium light. A good place in your home would be anywhere in a room that has a regular size window between the window and the middle of the room. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They need to be watered when the top half of the soil is dry to the touch. That usually takes about 1 week in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but it's always safer to underwater or give the soil a check before you water again.
They like a high humidity environment, give them a mist daily or as often as possible. Alternatively, you can put them around a humidifier. Although they won't die if they don't receive enough humidity, their leaves may have some dry, crunchy, or yellow edges.
During the plant’s dormancy in the winter months, where its growth slows significantly and it is prone to leaf loss, move it to somewhere warm and bright, while reducing your watering until it starts growing again in spring. If it has become root bound, repot the plant in the spring by planting it into a pot one size up.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.
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