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Alocasia Amazonica 'African Mask Plant' Polly

$34.99

Discover the exotic Alocasia Amazonica, often referred to as the 'African Mask Plant' or 'Alocasia Polly.' We love this plant for its distinctively striking, shield-shaped leaves, which are a deep green color highlighted by prominent white and dark green veins and purple undersides. Under certain lighting, the foliage can take on a purple-green hue. The leaf texture ranges from smooth and glossy to thick and waxy, making it a visually unique specimen for your houseplant collection.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Alocasia Amazonica
  • Pronunciation: a·luh·kei·zhuh a·muh·zaa·nuh·kuh
  • Common Names: African Mask Plant, Amazon Elephant's Ear, Alocasia Polly, Amazon Taro
  • Family: Araceae
  • Native Range: This plant is a cultivated hybrid; it's parent species are native to Southeast Asia, particularly from tropical rainforests in the Philippines and Borneo.

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Light: Prefers bright, indirect light; avoid direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.
  • Water: Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged; allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings. We find the most common issues for this houseplant involve under or over-watering and lack of adequate airflow. During the winter months, scale back on watering.
  • Humidity: Thrives in high humidity environments, ideally 60% or higher.
  • Temperature: Optimal temperature range is 55-80°F; protect from cold drafts.
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove dead or yellowing leaves and to maintain plant shape.
  • Feeding: Fertilize with a diluted, half-strength balanced fertilizer monthly during the growing season (spring and summer).
  • Growth Habit: Upright growth; can reach heights of 2-3 feet. Hardy specimens usually do not require support. Plant may become dormant during the winter months or when exposed to cold and lose it's leaves; this is normal.
  • Propagation: Best propagated through root division in spring or early summer.
  • Pests: Watch for common pests such as mealybugs, spider mites, and aphids.
  • Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets if ingested causing mouth and throat irritation, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing. May cause skin irritation; handle with care.