ABOUT OUR ALOCASIA WENTII
Hi, I’m Wayne the Alocasia wentii. I’m not your typical plant: I’m actually a hybrid made from two other species of Alocasia designed specifically for indoor gardening. This means that, while I boast the good looks of an Alocasia, I'm in fact much easier to take care of and have been designed and grown to thrive indoors rather than in a humid jungle.
I’m from a very interesting family of over 79 known species and we hail from Malaysia, Indonesia and the subtropics of Australia. As we’re both popular and rare as a family, it’s not easy getting your hands on me, but once you do, I can promise you that I’m worth it.
Do you think my deep red and forest green leaves make me look tough? I’m trying to play it cool but really, I’d love to be part of your indoor jungle if you’d have me?
Big height (including nursery pot) 65-70cm; pot diameter 19cm. (Fits a 19-21cm pot)
DID YOU KNOW?
Wayne’s common name is the elephant ear plant. We’re not convinced his leaves are quite big enough for this name, but in the wild, they can grow to up to 60 centimetres across!
Wayne might look tough but he’s got a lot of love to give. Use his dark leaves to decorate a semi-shady study or home office.
QUICK ALOCASIA WENTII PLANT CARE
Wayne will thrive in medium light with high levels of humidity and warm temperatures.
I like medium light and will start to wilt in any direct sunlight.
Never let my soil get too dry or soggy. Little and often should be your watering mantra to keep me happy.
I love high levels of humidity, so place me near a humidifier or make a pebble tray for me to sit on.
Fertilise me once a month through the months of March through September. Don’t fertilise me in winter.
FAST FACTS ABOUT WAYNE
A room with medium light such as a home office or living room.
THINGS WE ALWAYS GET ASKED
How do you care for an Alocasia wentii?
Alocasia wentiis like Wayne thrive in medium light and warm temperatures and he’ll even flower if given some filtered sunlight and high levels of humidity. Keep Wayne away from any bright windows as this will cause his leaves to wilt and die, while he can also be a little sensitive to harsh chemicals found in tap water, so filtered or rain is essential for keeping this gentle guy on side.
Alocasias prefer moist soil and may drop leaves if their soil gets too dry or wet. It’s also very common for them to kill off smaller leaves so there’s room for new growth - so don’t worry if you see Wayne shedding his lower leaves.
Do elephant ear plants need sun or shade?
Alocasia Wentii or elephant ear plants like sun and shade, but it’s best to keep them away from any direct sunlight. They will grow better in a well lit room and placed at least a metre away from a bright window.
Are elephant ear plants really suitable for indoors?
The elephant ear plant can live indoors and outdoors, providing the outdoor temperature never dips lower than 18°C. As that’s never the case in the UK, and because Wayne has been specially cultivated as an indoor plant, he could wilt if placed in direct sunlight and likely won’t survive the harsh climate outside. We feel you, Wayne.
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HEALTHY PLANT PROMISE
If you have received a damaged plant or within 30 days you have any trouble after following our care guidance we will offer you a replacement.