Alocasia x amazonica ‘Polly’

Elephant Ear, African Shield Plant

Spectacular and unusually compact Alocasia, the quite unique Alocasia x amazonica ‘Polly’ develops dark shield-like leaves with show-stopping silver veining.

The wavy margins, bright maroon undersides and blushing pale stems of the Elephant Ear ‘Polly’ make it a stand-out indoor specimen plant.

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Origin: horticultural origin
Genus: Alocasia
Species / Cultivar: x amazonica 'Polly'
Common Name: Elephant Ear, African Shield Plant

Plant Biography

Alocasia x amazonica ‘Polly’ was created in the late 1950s in Florida. The parents, unfortunately, remain unknown. It quickly grew in popularity due to its striking foliage and ease of care.

Large dark green leaves not only feature dramatic silvery-green to white veins, but also produces attractive shades of yellow and green when backlit by sun.

Male and female flowers bloom on a white spadix which is partially encircled by a green spathe. Flowers rarely appear on container plants, although it is possible.

Alocasia x amazonica 'Polly'
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 12 - 27°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Final Size: Small
Will stay small enough for a desk or shelf.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!
Eventual Height: 0.6m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.

Expert Tip

To keep on top of the watering, the Alocasia x amazonica 'Polly' should be watered frequently, a small amount at a time, rather than infrequent scheduled soaking of the soil. Avoid letting the roots sit in water, as this will lead really fast to root rot.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Derived from a genus that enjoy wet riverbanks across South East Asia and beyond, ‘Polly’ thrives in a warm bright room with excellent humidity levels.

In the growing season, feed and water regularly when soil surface begins to dry – allowing soil to dry out more in the Winter. The leaf tips will drip water if they have been saturated, so if you see this regularly it may indicate over watering.

This variety stays smaller than many Alocasias, making it very adaptable to smaller spaces – reaching a maximum of only 60cm at maturity.

Fun factoid

Although 'amazonica' seems to suggest that this plant is native to the Amazon River in Brazil, none of the species of Alocasia are native to South America. The name actually comes from the nursery where the hybrid was created, called Amazon Nursery, in Miami, Florida.


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