Alocasia Polly
Alocasia Polly
African Mask Plant

Alocasia Polly

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Known for its distinctive glossy leaves that conjure up images of an Amazonian jungle, the Alocasia amazonica Polly is a compact houseplant from the elephant ear family. Its leathery-looking, arrow-shaped foliage sprouts from a central corn, containing strikingly dramatic, creamy green midribs.

The genus Alocasia is native to tropical rainforest climates. Bred in the 1950s by Salvadore Murano, this cultivar was produced by crossing two other Alocasia species: Alocasia watsoniana and Alocasia sanderiana.

  • Pot size: 17cm
  • Height and Spread: Up to H: 60cm (2ft) x W: 60cm (2ft)
  • Soil: Use a well draining, aerated potting soil mix. A mixture of 1 part peat, 1 part perlite or coarse sand and 1 part soil is recommended.
  • Position: Indirect sunlight
  • All Alocasia is toxic to humans and pets if ingested.

Plant Care

Alocasia thrives well in high humidity and bright, indirect sunlight. Allow the top 3cm of soil to dry between watering; over-watering, wet leaves, and soggy soil makes the plant susceptible to a variety of serious fungal infections. Place on a saucer filled with pebbles to replicate the humid rainforest environment.