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Elephant Ear 'Giant Taro' | Alocasia macrorrhiza
Detail of the Elephant Ear 'Giant Taro' stems and leaves in a blue pot
The Elephant Ear 'Giant taro' in a blue pot
The Elephant Ear 'Giant Taro' stems
Elephant Ear 'Giant Taro' in white round pot (Jimmy Pot)
The Elephant Ear 'Giant Taro' in a off white pot

Elephant Ear 'Giant Taro'

Alocasia macrorrhiza

Regular price £27.00 £0.00

Elephant Ear plants are an absolute statement for the avid plant collector! Their breathtaking foliage adds a dense tropical look to your indoor garden.

Macrorrhiza is one of the largest Alocasia, During the warmer summer months, it can produce new arrow-shaped leaves every week. 

Growing pot size: 17cm

Overall plant height including growing pot: 45-55cm 

Key Benefits — Improve your home’s air quality!

An amazing purifier and humidifier, the Alocasia macrorrhiza absorbs carbon dioxide and impurities from the air and expels the fresh air we breathe. Because it’s a humidity lover, it works extra at transpiring increasing air moisture. Not only that, its super large leaves are great dust trappers!

Good for your lungs, your skin and your spirits! 

Plant Care Tips: Elephant Ear 'Giant Taro' 

  • Place the Giant Taro in a spot with bright, indirect sunlight throughout the day. Be careful with full sun exposure as this could burn the plant’s leaves. Make sure it’s away from radiators and air conditioners. 
  • Let the top layer of soil dry in between waterings and make sure the moisture is distributed evenly. Use preferably rain or distilled water. You can use tap water that has been left out for 24hr, this minimises the concentrations of chlorine or fluorides.
  • Like other tropical plants, this one likes warmer temperatures, 15 to 30ºC are preferred. Avoid cold draughts. You can move the plant outdoors in the summer but bring it back in when the winter starts and be careful with direct sunlight. 
  • Humidity is also a must. If your home air is on the dry side, place the plant on a tray with pebbles and water and mist it often. 
  • During the growing season, feed it with a balanced half-strength liquid fertiliser to give the plant the necessary nutrients. Moisture the soil beforehand to avoid burning the roots. 
  • It’s important to repot this Elephant Ear to give it room to grow and refresh the soil. Use a loose, well-draining mix to ensure proper drainage, water retention and avoid root rot. 
  • Any dying leaves and debris must be removed to encourage better growing conditions. Use clean shear to trim your plant. 
  • Use a clean cloth to remove accumulated dust from its leaves. 

Who is the Elephant Ear 'Giant Taro'?

Also known as Borneo Giant and Giant alocasia. 

Where is it from? 

The Giant Alocasia is native to India, Sri Lanka, and the Indonesian Islands.

Good For You!

  • Calm: This wonderful plant can bring freshness and life to your home, giving you a sense of calm.
  • Connection: As you water, prune, repot and care for this Alocasia, you build a nurturing relationship with nature which leads to looking better after yourself and others! 

Is The Elephant Ear 'Giant Taro' The Right Plant For Me?

This plant can be a little bit challenging for new gardeners, it’s a large tropical plant so it’s native conditions need to be replicated at home. 

It will be a very rewarding challenge due to its magnificent looks, but you need to make sure you have enough space as it is a fast-growing plant that will reach great heights. 

Toxicity:  The Giant Taro contains calcium oxalate, so it’s highly poisonous. It can cause swelling, irritation in the mouth and difficulty breathing. So, keep away from nibbly pets and curious children!

How tall does it grow?  It can grow up to 15 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Each leaf can reach up to 3.5 feet! 

*Decorative pots sold separately 

Magnificent tropical looks to your home that will bring happiness and fresh air! Get your Giant Taro now! 

Looking for care information?

Why not search our Plantcare from A-Z guide and Green Room blog for helpful information, hints and tips.