More commonly known as elephant's ear, the Alocasia Polly is an indoor or outdoor plant with dramatic, silvery-green veins running across a dark green leaf. The Alocasia Polly prefers warm temperatures and requires special care to maintain its health.Continue Reading
The Alocasia Polly prefers shade. Placing it in full sun causes the leaves to scorch. The soil must drain easily and contain rich organic nutrients. Cocoa bean hulls or shredded bark applied to the base of the plant can help provide these nutrients. Keeping the plant on a moist pebble tray when located indoors provides the humidity required by the plant. The Alocasia Polly prefers a moist environment, so soil needs to be watered consistently. The plant does not need regular pruning to keep its shape. Removal of dead stems and leaves with pointed pruning shears is all that is required to maintain the appearance of the plant.
The Alocasia Polly is vulnerable to aphids and spider mites. Aphids attack the plant's leaves or stem, while spider mites live in colonies on the underside of the plant's leaves. These pests leave a small network of webbing on the plant. The application of chemicals or predatory insects is advised to treat these pests before serious damage occurs to the plant.Learn more about Houseplants
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Winterize elephant ear plants by cutting away the dead foliage, pruning the stems, adding mulch and installing a layer of chicken wire to keep the mulch in place. You need pruning shears, gloves, mulch and chicken wire.Full Answer >
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Give your bromeliads the correct amount of light, make sure that they are kept between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and avoid overwatering them. Use well-draining potting soil made up of one part sand and two parts peat moss. Bromeliads can also grow on other plants, boards or logs.Full Answer >