Melo Alocasia

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  • Large, Luscious Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 20 inches

Melo Alocasia is a versatile and spectacular houseplant. With its large-textured greenish-blue leaves, this plant has an attractive, sculptural appearance. The foliage color transitions from an attractive jade color to a slate blue when mature. This plant also produces a beautiful off-white non-fragrant flower. It loves high humidity conditions and is a wonderful addition to any home or office. Commonly referred to as an Elephant Ear Plant, this plant is a native of Southeast Asia, Borneo, Indonesia and Australia. 

Best Locations For Growing Melo Alocasia

The Melo Alocasia is toxic if ingested, so placing it away from house pets and children is important. These plants do well both inside and outside as long as they are not exposed to low temperatures or too much direct light. The large thick leaves are actually very delicate. Melo Alocasia thrives in the home, office or on a patio. 

Melo Alocasia Sunlight requirements

This plant is best suited for indirect sunlight or partial shade. Melo Alocasia prefers medium to diffused light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves. 

Melo Alocasia Care

This houseplant prefers aerated loamy soil. Amend potting soil with peat, perlite, compost or coconut fiber. Avoid dimly lit locations. This house plant prefers temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant grows well in zones 10 and 11 of the USDA hardiness map. You can grow this plant outside during the warmer months and bring it  indoors during the winter. You will want to fertilize Melo Alocasia sparingly as they are sensitive to over-fertilizing, which can cause root burn. This plant is easily propagated by separating the rhizomes and then placing each one in similarly amended soil. 

Watering Melo Alocasia

This houseplant prefers to partially dry out between waterings. As a rule of thumb, water once a week during the growing season between spring and summer. Make sure that the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry before watering. When the plant is dormant during the winter, reduce the watering frequency.

Feeding Melo Alocasia

Give a monthly dose of NPK fertilizer or a regular house plant mix during the growing season. Melo Alocasia does not require any additional fertilizer during fall or winter.

Melo Alocasia Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Low
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 20 inches
Mature Spread: 10 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade/Description: Off-White
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Green
Temperature: 60° - 85°F (16° - 29°C)
Humidity: Above 75%
Common Name: Melo Alocasia
Other Name(s): Alocasia Melo, Elephant Ear
Scientific Name: Alocasia rugosa
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.