The Alocasia Calidora 'Elephant’s Ear' (also known as the 'Persian Palm') is a larger hybrid variety of Alocasia that looks as if it could have fanned Cleopatra. The Calidora's arrow-shaped, crinkled green leaves sit on petioles and the stalks grow tall over time. It's large, ribbed foliage and upright growth pattern make it an ideal floorplant for a sunny spot in your home. When Calidora is holding onto too much moisture, you may notice water drip from the tips and undersides of the leaves. This process is called guttation and is the plants way of telling you it's being overwatered or needs more light. Being a tropical plant, Calidora prefers a warm, humid environment for best growth.
Ed's Plant Profile
- Botanical Name: Alocasia Calidora
- Common Name: Elephant’s Ear, Persian Palm
- Family: Araceae
- Native Range: Southeast Asia
Ed's Care Guide
- Care: Moderate
- Light: Bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as the leaves may burn. Plant will grow and stretch toward the sun. To control lean, turn container pot 1/2 or 1/4 between watering
- Water: Thoroughly water and allow to dry out slightly between watering. Use a well draining soil mix. If the plant is holding too much moisture, you may notice water drip from the tips and undersides of the leaves.
- Humidity: High, maintain above 60% for best growth.
- Temperature: 60-75F. Avoid cold drafts.
- Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and stems, or to control growth. It is normal for older leaves to die off.
- Feeding: Fertilize 1/2 strength every 2 to 3 weeksduring the spring and summer
- Growth: Upright. Up to 7' tall indoors. Plant will grow and stretch toward the sun. To control lean, turn container pot 1/2 or 1/4 between watering.
- Propagation: Root division, Offsets
- Pests: Look out for mealybugs, spider mites, aphids, fungus gnats
- Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets