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Alocasia ‘Odora’

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Description

While these 3-4’ specimens might not seem like much now, they’re going to grow (quickly) into one of the largest varieties of Alocasia- ‘Odora’! Topping out at 15’ (closer to 10’ indoors), this is definitely a plant you need to be prepared to prune. ‘Odora’ has the same basic water and light requirements as other Alocasias, meaning it’s not too difficult to get the hang of and therefore easy to let get out of hand. If you have a thing for impressive foliage or that jungle vibe, try growing one of these to fit your space! 

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Alocasia 'Odora’
  • Common Name: Night-Scented Lily, Giant Upright Elephant Ear
  • 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 10' 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