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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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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