Common Name: African Mask, Hardy Elephant Ears
Botanical name: Alocasia Maharani
This Jewel Alocasia, Maharani, is a rare find! The heavily textured leaves on this compact Elephant Ear make it the perfect desk-candy that sits on your desk, keeping quiet while looking like a million bucks! Maharani is easier to care for than other alocasia. They need to be watered when the soil dries out, bright indirect light and an occasional fertilization when the plant is actively growing! When it is time to repot your Elephant Ear, be sure to use soil that drains well!
Important! Alocasia are poisonous if ingested, so be very careful if you have pets and/or small children.
Light is critical for all plants, but especially for Alocasia Maharani. Bright indirect light for about six hours a day is enough to keep these houseplants healthy. Alocasia can handle lower light or fewer hours of bright indirect light, but in order for the plant to really thrive it needs plenty of bright indirect light.
Alocasia Maharani has medium water requirements, which means they don't like to completely dry out, but they also don't like to sit in standing water. You want to let the soil dry out until 3/4 of the soil is dry. These alocasias do not like to be overwatered so if you are unsure about if it's necessary to water them, it's best to err on the side of caution and refrain from the rain head!
When you water these houseplants, saturate the soil and let the water run through the drainage holes in the pot. Well draining soil is very important for plants like Alocasia Maharani. These houseplants simply do not tolerate wet feet.
Warmer temperatures are ideal for Alocasia Maharani houseplants. These tropical plants prefer to stay between 60-80 degrees. Avoid drafts that can occur near windows and doors and also avoid placing the plants near heating or cooling vents.
The more humidity the better for Alocasia Maharani. These beautiful indoor plants thrive with high humidity, so placing the plant near a humidifier or using a pebble tray with water will provide the extra dampness they crave.
Proper nutrition will help your Alocasia push out big, beautiful leaves. Fertilize when the plant is actively growing during the warmer months. Use a ¼ diluted complete liquid fertilizer when watering or you can use seaweed or fish emulsion. Alocasia Maharani needs its beauty rest and they require a dormant period. Do not fertilize during the colder months when the plant is not growing.
These indoor plants are slow-medium growers with their maximum height reaching around 12-24”
Pet Friend or Foe
These indoor plants are Toxic to pets! Foe
- Routinely treat the plant and the soil with horticultural oil like neem oil. These houseplants are prone to pests, so taking preventative steps can keep the plant healthy and beautiful.
- Plants need clean leaves to effectively complete the process of photosynthesis. Gently clean the leaves using a damp cloth to not only keep the houseplant looking amazing but also to allow the Alocasia to grow to its full potential.
- Don't be in a rush to repot. Alocasia likes to be slightly root bound and prefers to stay in the same pot for a while. When you notice the roots beginning to poke through the holes in the grow pot or creep out at the top of the soil then it is time to repot.