Do black elephant ears come back as black when replanted from being dug and overwintered?
Though you can see some color changes in aging bulbs, they will be black.
I inherited this alocasia upright from the previous owner of the home I bought, and it is so in need of being taken out of this pot but I am unsure how to do so correctly. It is currently winter here, so the plant has died right back, but in the warm weather it is spectacular. I would prefer to keep it in a (bigger) pot or seperate into several pots if possible, so it can be overwintered indoors. How do I correctly transplant it - do I need to separate some of the enormous tubers, or would that harm the plant? If separating them is best, how do I do that so as not to damage the plant? I have never seen an alocasia with so many large tubers above ground so appreciate advice. Many thanks, Melbourne_Gardener
This article will help:https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/dividing-elephant-ears.htm
If kept in a small pot can they be kept short? My sitting room seems suitable, as I bought a very small half dead one from the supermarket. I did not know what it was, but I seem to have done something right because after a while it started to flourish. I have now identified it from your website. Now it already has 4 leaves, very bright and beautiful with a height of about 1 foot. However, I have no room for a plant higher than 2 feet maximum! Do you have any suggestions? I am unable to take a picture.
You will likely not keep it below 3 or 4 feet tall. They reach a maximum of about 6 feet in nature, but you can shorten that by a few feet by keeping it in container.
There are some varieties that resemble this particular species very closely that are more commonly sold as houseplants, as this one is a little more endangered. The smaller species can be kept smaller, but if you know for sure that it is the particular species mentioned, then we can rule that out.
This collection of articles will go over some information in a little more depth: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/alocasia-plant
I have had this plant for almost a year. It was doing beautifully and then the problem above starts. I have gone from 12 leaves down to 2. Now what ?Plant is indoors. j
Your plant is ridding itself of excess water. Yellowing leaves can also be a sign of too much water. The plant may be going into its dormancy period when it drops its leaves. You may have panicked and started watering more. Cut back on water and see how it does. See info below:
I have had this alocasia for 2 years. It’s been happy, growing new and healthy leaves. However, in the past month or so, I have noticed these spots on the leaves. These extended to the entire leaf in one case (another of the smaller leaves) so I cut the leaf off. Initially the soil was dry so I thought i was under-watering it (I hadn’t watered it for two weeks) so I watered it, but in the past week these spots have extended and appeared on one of the bigger leaves.
This will, primarily, come down to two things:
It needs a little more light, and a lot more food!
Lighting is very important. They need bright, but indirect light. They can endure just a little direct window lighting for a few hours, but if you notice scorching then you will want to cut back. The stretching of the stems tell me that it does need a little more light, though.
They are, also, heavy feeders. They need to be fed quite frequently in container. Feeding them with an all purpose liquid fertilizer once or twice per month will suffice.
This article will help you with their care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/alocasia-plant/fertilizing-alocasia-plants.htm
Thank you! That seems to have worked!
I cut the leaves off from the bottom. thanks Doris email@example.com
Yes cutting off the dried leaves is appropriate. Alocasia does have a dormant period in the fall where leaves fade and die.
As for assessment of the reason for the leaf loss, it depends on how many leaves, what percentage of the plant foliage, and where on the plant the leaves have dried up.
If there is excessive leaf loss from the upper foliage, then there could be an issue with watering, too much or too little. Water deficit/drought stress can cause foliar dieback. Excessive water can cause root rot. Here are the basics of growing Alocasia to check its cultural needs.
I only have one bloom on my regal shield. I am wondering how to pollinate it so I can harvest the seeds. Thank you
They are self fertile. Once the seed pod starts to turn colors and split, you will need to harvest and plant them, immediately. They will not be viable once dry.
This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/alocasia-plant/elephant-ear-seed-pods.htm