Alocasia 'Variegata' (Exotic Giant Taro)

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Growing Zone: 8-11

Growing Zone: 8-11 Outdoors

Plant Specifications

Plant Name Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Variegata', Giant Taro, Wild Taro, Variegated Upright Elephant Ear
Mature Height 10-12 feet
Mature Width 5-6 feet
Spacing 3-4 feet apart
Sunlight Full to Partial Sun
Temperature Tolerance 30-80°F
Watering Needs Moderate (Once a week)
Growth Rate 10 inches/year
Difficulty Level Easy
Grows Well Indoors Yes, with indirect sunlight
Flowering Time Spring to Early Summer
Origin Native to South America

This is a personal favorite. Step into a realm of horticultural rarity with the Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Variegata,' colloquially known as the Giant Taro or Wild Taro. This exceptional plant boasts nature's artistic flair through its captivating variegated leaves and imposing presence, making it an exceedingly sought-after addition. Trying to find this plant elsewhere will not be easy. This is an extremely rare and hard to find Alocasia. 

Cultivation of Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Variegata'

Caring for the Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Variegata' is a gratifying journey. Bestowing bright, indirect light reveals its vibrant variegation, but shield it from direct sunlight. Maintain consistently moist soil, allowing the top inch to dry out before watering. Regular misting recreates its tropical habitat, fostering robust growth.

Our Tips for Optimal Growth
Ensure your Giant Taro thrives by maintaining a humid environment, utilizing a humidity tray or room humidifier. Fertilize every 4-6 weeks during the growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Periodically rotate the plant to ensure even growth and prevent its magnificent leaves from leaning towards the light.

Versatile Uses and Placement
The Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Variegata' serves as a captivating centerpiece indoors or a dramatic focal point in outdoor landscapes. Its exquisite foliage adds an air of elegance to any space. Utilize it to craft a breathtaking tropical display on patios, verandas, or as an indoor statement plant, infusing sophistication into your surroundings.

Planting and Repotting Guidance
For planting or repotting, opt for a well-draining mix with good aeration to prevent waterlogging. Choose a pot accommodating its growing root system with ample room to spare. Repot every 2-3 years to refresh the soil, ensuring the plant has the space to thrive.

Effortless Ongoing Maintenance
Maintaining the Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Variegata' is surprisingly straightforward. Trim away any yellowing or damaged leaves at the base to stimulate fresh growth. 


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