The Alocasia ‘African Mask’ looks like they’ve been around since the dinosaurs with their long arrowhead-shaped foliage with their silvery veins. As the plant matures, the leaf size grows. The dark, glossy foliage can reach up to 16” in length. Talk about show-stopping! The Alocasia ‘African Mask’ is a compact variety with a max height of 2 feet.
Grow Pot Size: 4” and 6” Overall Height Including Grow Pot: 10-20” depending on grow pot size. Plant Care Level: Medium to Difficult
The corms of the Alocasia can easily be split and propagated to make several Alocasia baby plants.
Alocasia ‘African Mask’ Care Tips
Other Common Names:Amazonian Elephant’s Ear, Alocasia ‘Polly’
Binomial Name:Alocasia x amazonica
Care Level:Medium to difficult
Light:Bright, indirect light
Water:Keep the soil evenly moist
The Alocasia ‘African Mask’ Story
Where is it from? The Alocasia can be found growing along streams and marshes of tropical rainforests, in South Asia, Pacific Islands, and Eastern Australia.
Who is the Alocasia ‘African Mask’? The Alocasia is a striking beauty. The deep color and brilliant veining make this plant a must-have. The Alocasia belongs to the Araceae family. This family boasts 97 species belonging to the Alocasia genus.
Good For You! The Alocasia boasts strikingly detailed foliage that boosts your overall mood. The unique patterns of natural wonder are eye-catching.
Is the Alocasia ‘African Mask’ the right plant for me?
This plant is a fast-growing beauty. It does require weekly check-in, to ensure it continues to grow. If you can commit to checking weekly to keep the soil evenly moist then this plant is easy to care for!
Pet-friendly:Unfortunately, Alocasia plants are not pet-friendly. We always recommend keeping your plant away from curious pets and children.
Location Suggestions: We suggest placing this plant high up on a shelf where it can receive plenty of bright indirect light. Try this beauty out in your living room, bedroom, or bathroom.
Bright indirect light. Leaves are sensitive and can burn easily from direct light or hot temperatures. Alocasias will move their leaves towards the light in undesirable low light levels.
Prefers evenly damp-moist soil. Alocasias will begin to droop when they require more water.
This can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
Average from 65°F - 75°F
Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
Remove any dead or dying foliage at the base of the plant.
Gently wipe down with a damp cloth to remove dust. Remove yellowing leaves right away.
General Information About Your Plant
South East Asia, South Pacific Islands, and Eastern Australia
Arrowhead-shaped with deep green foliage and bright white, silvery variegation.