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Alocasia x Portora
Portora Elephant Ear / Alocasia (Tropical)

$40.00 $52.00
This size 2 in stock Product ID: 616550

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CULTURAL CONDITIONS

Plant Min Zone: 7b

Plant Max Zone: 11b

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

Water / Rainfall: Average, High, Very High

Soil Quality: Average, Rich

FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE

Bloom Season: Summer

Flower Color: White, Cream

Berry / Fruit Color: None

Spring Foliage Color: Dark Green

Summer Foliage Color: Dark Green

Fall Foliage Color: Dark Green

Evergreen Foliage: Some

Winter Interest: No

Scented Flowers: No

PLANT TOLERANCES

Drought Tolerance: Low

Wet-Feet Tolerance: High

Humidity Tolerance: High

Wind Tolerance: Low

Poor Soil Tolerance: Clay Soils

GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE

Height: 3' - 6'

Width: 3' - 6'

Growth Rate: Medium, Fast

Service Life: N.A.

Maintenance Need: N.A.

Spreading Potential: N.A.

Yearly Trimming Tips: N.A.

PLANT USES AND LIMITATIONS

Plant Grouping Size: N.A.

Best Side of House: N.A.

Extreme Planting Locations: N.A.

Ornamental Features: N.A.

Special Landscape Uses: N.A.

Possible Pest Problems: N.A.

Plant Limitations: N.A.

Description

Portora Elephant Ear (Alocasia x Portora) is typically grown in warmer zones and features giant glossy green leaves creating quite a contrast for other colorful flowers in the garden. Most alocasia are large tropical and subtropical herbaceous perennials with a giant tubers native to areas with a summer monsoon and dry winter. Along with other tropicals and succulents in Kansas, elephant ears are usually grown as summer patio plants. Fertilize, water regularly, and place in full sun. Protect from temperatures below 28 degrees F and move into a cold garage or basement over the winter with minimal watering. Do not allow the pot with rootball to freeze solid or go below 25 degrees for more than a few hours. Allow to go dormant as needed with little care, just cut off dead foliage and place back out in April or May with a time-release fertilizer. Many plants will die back slowly and remain attractive inside for most of the winter. You may also plant these in the ground for an enormous tropical effect! It is possible to overwinter these in the ground in Kansas by placing a giant 12-18" mound of mulch over deeply planted rhizomes. New growth will usually be delayed until June but quickly regains full height. This plant can also grow in standing water or as a potted plant in water gardens.

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