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Alocasia Care

(African Mask, Elephant Ear)


African Mask needs a delicate balance of light, avoiding direct sunlight, as well as very dark and gloomy spots. Locations which fall between these two extremes are needed to keep your African Mask happy..


African Mask must be kept moist at all times!  It dislikes dryness at the roots, but too much water will cause the roots to rot; moist, not dry or soggy. Unlike conventional houseplant watering wisdom, the best approach is to water little but often. Misting the leaves regularly will help keep the humidity level up.


No lower than 15°C  all year round. Occasional dips below this will be tolerated, but longer periods will cause problems and encourage dormancy.


A weak all purpose feed once a month in the spring and summer is more than sufficient. Only feed your African Mask in the winter if the plant is still actively growing.


Loose, well-drained potting mix will keep your African Mask happy. Re-pot annually into larger pots with fresh, free-draining potting soil. Divide the rhizome annually to keep the plant a manageable size and increase your collection.

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