Colocasia Waikiki

Bloom Season: Foliage

Plant Habit:  Upright

Characteristics: Easy care, loves warmth

Water: Medium, heavy

Fertilize: Every two weeks

Exposure: Part Sun

General Information: 

Colocasia plants are known for their large, heart-shaped leaves that resemble the ears of an elephant, hence the common name "elephant ears" They are native to tropical regions and thrive in warm, humid climates. With the right conditions and proper care, you can enjoy the beauty of colocasia in your own garden or indoor space.

Colocasia plants thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. They prefer a location with partial shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day. Direct sunlight can scorch their leaves, so it's important to provide them with some shade.

These plants prefer well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. A mix of peat moss, compost, and perlite or sand works well for colocasia. Make sure the soil is consistently moist but not waterlogged, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot.

Colocasia plants require regular watering to keep the soil consistently moist. However, be careful not to overwater them, as this can lead to root rot. It's best to water them deeply and allow the top inch of soil to dry out slightly before watering again.

To promote healthy growth and vibrant foliage, it's recommended to fertilize colocasia plants every 2-3 weeks during the growing season. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and follow the instructions on the packaging for proper application.

Colocasia plants thrive in warm temperatures between 70-85°F (21-29°C). They also prefer high humidity levels, so misting the leaves or placing a tray of water nearby can help create a humid environment.

Colocasia plants are generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, they can occasionally be affected by aphids, spider mites, or fungal infections. Regularly inspect your plants for any signs of pests or diseases and take appropriate measures to control the problem.

In our cold climate, colocasia plants are not frost-tolerant and need to be protected during the winter months. Before the first frost, dig up the rhizomes (underground stems) and store them in a cool, dry place. Replant them in the spring once the danger of frost has passed.




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