Alocasia wentii, commonly known as the Hardy Elephant's Ear, is the perfect choice if you want to make a bold statement with your house plant collection, but aren't afraid of something that requires a little more care. With stunning dark green, glossy leaves with purple undersides and a ruffled texture, it's sure to create an impact in your home. Although it does occasionally produce pale coloured spathes, the leaves are the main feature. Alocasia wentii can grow up to 90cm tall, with leaves reaching up to 30cm in length.

How to care for Alocasia wentii

Alocasia wentii can be challenging to grow, but in the right environment and with the correct care, it can thrive in the home. It should be placed in a spot that receives indirect bright light and it requires high levels of humidity. You may find that your plant goes into dormancy (when the leaves die back) in the winter, or when temperature and light levels decrease, use a grow light to prevent this in the winter.

In warmer months, keep the soil moist but ensure it does not become waterlogged, you can reduce watering when it is cooler or if the plant goes into dormancy. It is crucial to get watering right when caring for your Alocasia wentii, too much water can cause root rot and too little could cause it to wilt, and potentially die. The top two inches of soil should dry out between watering, whilst a regular watering routine is useful, be sure to check your plant before watering.

Alocasia wentii can be susceptible to spider mites, ensure that the plant doesn't get too dry to avoid infestations. If you do notice spider mites (you might spot webbing across the plant, mottled leaves and small mites that resemble tiny spiders) try increasing humidity.

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Advice on buying Alocasia wentii

  • Alocasia wentii needs indirect bright light and a humid environment. Ensure you have the right growing requirements before buying
  • You may find an Alocasia wentii at your local garden centre but you'll find more choice online
  • Always check plants for signs of disease or damage before buying

Where to buy Alocasia wentii

Alocasia and wildlife

Alocasia has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Alocasia poisonous?

Alocasia causes an upset stomach, irritates eyes, irritates skin, is harmful if ingested and toxins are absorbed by the skin.

Toxic to:
Is known to attract Birds
Is known to attract Cats
Is known to attract Dogs
Is known to attract Horses
Is known to attract People
No reported toxicity to:
Is not known to attract Livestock