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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 Known 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 Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

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

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


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

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