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African Mask Plant
Araceae
Alocasia amazonica


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Blossom

Araceae Family

Alocasia Genus
Physical Description
Also known as Amazon Elephant Ears. Extremely poisonous if ingested. Can grow 2 feet tall to 3 feet wide. Generally pest free, but may attrack spider mites.


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General Information

The African Mask Plant does best in bright indirect light and well drained soil. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Allow to dry slightly between waterings then water thoroughly.

Fast growing plant with striking, dark green and white leaves. African Mask thrives in average home temperatures of 60 to 75° F (15.5 to 24° C), but requires high humidity (above 65%). To achieve this, a pebble tray filled with water works well.

Avoid cold drafts, because if the plant is ever chilled or dries out, it will immediately drop its leaves and go dormant. The good news is if you correct the problem, it will grow out new leaves.

Feed once a month during the warm summer months with a balanced, soluble plant food.

Avoid too much moisture as it can cause crown rot, and low humidity causes leaf dieback.




African Mask Plant
African Mask Plant - September 23, 2009

Comment: African Mask Plant, Alocasia amazonica

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Marjorie

Boynton Beach, Florida June 16, 2010
My African Mask thrived indoors near a window.

Now I put it outside in a pot where it gets light & and a little sun in the am. The leaves are getting spotty and new ones are pale. Should it bring it back indoors? It's very hot outside.
gardengeek
gardengeek
September 23, 2009
Wow that's intense!

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