Fair warning, this one can be a bit of a diva, with a rider longer than Mariah's. But if you get the conditions right, boy is she stunning. HUGE leaves, big size, lots of lush green energy. In a tropical garden she will grow gangbusters year-round. Indoors, she might likely sleep for six months of the year after all that effort; in which case curb her water intake and let her nap til spring.
Alocasia zebrina x micholitziana 'Sarian' - elephant's ear
DESCRIPTION: Tropical rainforest foliage plant with very large green upright arrow-shaped leaves with prominent white-yellow veins. Long smooth stems mottled like a reptile skin. Named for veteran Phillippine horticultural journalist Zac Sarian. USES: Indoor feature plant - show it off in your best pot. Or plant into your tropical garden where it can grow to full potential. PLANTING: Really good rich moist free-draining loam. At least half a day of good light, but not direct sun. It may occasionally drip harmless sap so place it on tile or other surface you can clean. CARE: Ideally, recreate a tropical rainforest - steamy and hot and not too sunny. Water little and often so the compost is moist but not soggy. Mist it regularly if your climate is not naturally humid. Turn the plant every month or so if you are growing it indoors so it stays symmetrical. Keep it warm and sheltered. HEIGHT & WIDTH: to 1 m H x 1 m W potted, 2M+ outside. YOUR PLANTS: These plants are tubestock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide. May be supplied as 'plugs', slightly smaller than our usual tubestock but with a healthy root system ready for planting or potting on.