Alocasia macrorrhiza

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Alocasia macrorrhiza the ‘Giant Taro’ or ‘Elephant Ears’ from staemy jungles of the tropics is a well known sight for anyone who has travelled to warmer climes.  With giant leaves often more than 2 metres long there are few plants that offer such an outrageously exotic appearance.

For us lovers of all things jungly, the Giant Taro is quite forgiving, ok it is tropical but for whatever reason it has evolved the ability to thrive in cooler climates too.  It’s certainly not hardy here at Big Plant Nursery but given winter protection either by growing in a pot, lifting and bringing indoors during the freezing months, Alocasia macrorrhiza can be a wonderful feature outdoors during the summer.  If you have a sheltered warm spot it’s worth a try, responding to regular feeds of seaweed fertilizer and/or planted in deep rich soil.

In winter if you can’t accommodate it in your living room, trust me you will want to, most of the foliage can be cut back and the rhizomatus trunk root can be stored in a cool dry place until temperatures are favourable.

These days the Giant Taro is often seen planted in mediterranean gardens, I’ve seen huge plants in Sicily for example, here the temperatures often drop down to 0° centigrade during winter nights but quickly rise to 15 or 16° during the day.  So in essence, a fast growing pretty adaptable plant, not hardy but so worth growing.  Obviously if you have a cool or shady conservatory, well lit room or spacious office I’d say that one of these is essential if like me you long for the warmth and splendour of the tropics.

P.s – I love this plant.

5 reviews for Alocasia macrorrhiza

  1. W.Davies (verified owner)

    Now have three of these great plants, all are stunning and growing really well outdoors, they will look brilliant indoors during the colder weather. I can see why you love this plant we do as well brilliant.

  2. Ian (verified owner)

    Over the moon with my plant. Looks healthy and delivery was super quick. Many thanks

  3. bbyersuk

    Plants arrived today in absolutely top condition, they are going straight into pots, thus facilitating winter storage. Thank you for an extremely fast time on delivery. No doubt that I will be ordering more plants.

  4. nickhiggs10 (verified owner)

    nice healthy plant,very well packaged and fast delivery. have already ordered again&again. thankyou big plant nursery.

  5. E SMITH (verified owner)

    plants ordered were delivered today,very good healthy plants and very well packaged and a little pack of goodies that I shared with my 2 four legged girls thank you very much and the girls said yum yum.Will order again

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