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Alocasia Gagaena 'California'

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Description

The Gagaena 'California' is another variety of Alocasia that is considered a dwarf type of Elephant Ear, hence its common nameLeaves are a medium green with strong bony veins that give the edges a scalloped effect.  These plants prefer bright to medium indirect light and are cold hardy, handling temperatures as low as 41F. 

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Alocasia Gagaena 
  • Common Name: California, Dwarf Elephant’s Ear
  • Family: Araceae 
  • Native Range: Southeast Asia

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care: Moderate
  • Light: Prefers bright to medium indirect light
  • 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. Can tolerate temperatures as low as 41F
  • 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 weeks during 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