The Alocasia Black Stem is a rare and unusual variety of elephant ear with distinct variations from the typical. It has rigid and dark stems which highlight the dark green foliage.
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Height: 4-5 ft
Spread: 3-4 ft
Light: Bright indirect
Zone: 9b - 11
Pet Safe: Mildly toxic, causes irritation on the mouth if ingested. Keep away from children and pets.
CareGeneral Maintenance: Very easy to grow and requires little care. Repot in the spring if the plant has become quite root bound. These are usually propagated by dividing the plant when it's being re-potted in spring.
Temperature: Average temperatures between 18º - 24º Celsius are ideal for this plant.
Light: Needs bright conditions, but no direct sun.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist during the growing season. Water less in the winter. These plants like extra humidity so consider a weekly misting or using a pebble tray filled with water.
Fertilizer: Feed with a diluted balanced fertilizer every 2 weeks during the growing season (May-Aug) and stop feeding during the other months.
Soil: Thrives in soil high in organic matter.
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