How to Grow and Care for Alocasia Wentii (Giant Elephant Ear Plant)

Last Updated on November 14, 2022 by Stephanie

If you take care of it, your elephant ear plant could become the centerpiece of your indoor display of plants. It may be necessary to limit the size of your elephant ear plant. However, its an attractive accessory to your house, and that is worth taking care of.

Can Alocasia be an Indoor Plant?

Alocasia Wentii is a relative of Alocasia Wentii - a relative of Alocasia Zebrina - is a fantastic indoor plant. The huge leaves and the bright colors on the underside make it an excellent addition to any living space.

The tough Elephant ears dont enjoy the suns rays too much, so an area inside with light that is filtered is ideal.

A room indoors also shields it from the elements and wind, which dont always go to the leaf. Be sure to keep it away from artificial climate boosters such as air conditioners and heaters.

Related: How to Repot an Alocasia Zebrina

Temperature Requirements ofAlocasia Wentii

The Alocasia elephant ear is among the largest elephant ear variations. It is of tropical climate roots. It has a moderate climate however it isnt particularly sensitive to changes in temperature.

Youll be able to feel confident in your comfort when you live in a moderate climate.

Alocasia Wentii enjoys temperatures between 10 to 30degC. If you reside in an area where temperatures often see temperatures rise over 35degC, this could be a bit hot for the elephants ear.

Alocasia leaf

Light Requirements of Alocasia Wentii

Giant Alocasia loves a lot of light. However, it isnt a great choice in bright or direct light because it causes the leaves to burn.

However, the absence of light can hinder the development that your plants will experience. It is essential to maintain a delicate balance for our Wentii to flourish.

Therefore, an environment that has diffused or filtered light is the best.

How to Fertilize Alocasia Wentii 

Elephant ears (also known as Alocasia plants require special care when it comes to fertilization. Even if youve planted your plants to be indoors, it is essential to feed them frequently to achieve their full potential.

The issue with pots is that nutrients often get washed out through drain holes.

This is why its possible to fertilize your potted plant much more than an outdoor plant. It is a good idea to include a fertilizer that is water-soluble each time you water in order to keep the nutrients in peak condition.

Be aware of your leaves. If they suddenly begin to appear burnt or brown, It could be because youre using too much fertilizer.

The process will slow down and if needed, you can make use of regular water for a few minutes to flush the nutrients out.

What is the Best Soil for Alocasia Wentii?

The condition and the moisture of the soil are crucial for Alocasia Wentii. The majority of problems youll face are related to either flooding or excessive watering.

The habitat that is the natural home of the elephants ear is moist and fertile soil, but with adequate drainage.

It is possible to consider 5-6cm of soil that is dry over the top of your garden as an indication of when it is time to replenish the water.

If youre not comfortable with caring for an elephants ear, try testing the tolerance of your elephant ear until you find the right equilibrium right.

Does Alocasia Wentii Like Humidity?

It is a tropical species and is, therefore a lover of humidity. Ideally, 60-80 percent humidity is the ideal place.

There arent many homes that provide this service, but there are some ways to aid. One of the most effective ways is to put the plant in the Pebble Tray. Its an easy solution that is secure and efficient.

A humidifier could also help, but there is a risk of excessively humidifying the air. 

Misting the surroundings manually using water bottles could be effective. However, you should be careful that you dont spray the leaves directly. This could cause fungal infections or even draw other pests.

How to Prune Alocasia Wentii 

Like all plants that are healthy, an elephants ear requires a good trim every now and then. Be sure to take preventive measures in the event that you suspect the plants you have in your yard might be infected by diseases or fungi, and wash the pruning shears you employ.

If you have the case of not trimming the plant, it could result in a plant that takes over and dominates the entire garden or room!

It is able to grow to over two meters tall! One thing to remember is that the new leaves are produced on the top of the plants.

If you do have the option of cutting leaves off the base of the plant. They are older.

How to Save Aloicasia from Pests and Diseases

Sometimes plants can get sick and be attacked by insects. Alocasia Wentii has a few weaknesses - here are the most prominent ones, as well as how to deal with them.

Bugs and Insects

Every plant has bugs as enemies. The most significant bugs that plague Alocasia includes mealybugs and spider mites. Usually, using a mild soapy cloth or a spray of insecticide on the leaves can help to keep them out.

Neem oil is also an excellent solution to get rid of mealybugs and, more importantly, their eggs.

Fungal Leaf Blight Infection

Leaf Blight is a condition caused by fungus. It manifests as tiny lesions on the leaf of Alocasia. At first, you might notice small brown marks on the leaves.

They grow larger and then develop into lesions. when the fungus is blooming, it can create a fuzzy appearance.

The leaf will eventually be brittle and fall apart, and the fungus will move through the stem to the remaining part of the plant. Nasty.

The early detection of a problem is crucial for treatment. Consider using a Fungicide (bacteria or copper, oil or sulfur-based) or potassium bicarbonate solutions and remove the affected leaves or use a homemade organic solution.

The best option is to speak with an expert in your area or a nursery if youre having difficulty solving the issue.

Rust on Alocasia

The downside of the funguss effects is it cannot immediately treat the problem by changing the conditions.

Plant Rust is a fungal illness which usually means the plant has trouble finding sufficient light, humidity, or warmth, and any of these.

However, when you decide to move the plant infected to a warmer location, for instance, it could exacerbate the problem and accelerate the progress of fungal infections. However, If you dont take care to take care to treat the problem, it could cause the leaves to die.

Small spots of orange or brown are the first sign, but eventually, theyll develop into pustules. Although it is unlikely to cause death to the entire plant, if left untreated. However, it will certainly slow growth and leave the plant unhappy and unhealthy.

Phyllosticta Leaf Spot on Alocasia

Alocasia Wentii is recognized to have this variant of the leaf spot condition. The condition causes tiny holes to form within the leaf.

It begins as a brown lesion, but eventually, it dries out and then falls off and leaves a gap within the leaf.

It is possible to try similar treatments for fungal leaf blight. However, its always recommended to get rid of the leaves that are severely affected to stop the spread.

Root Rot in Alocasia Wentii 

Root rot, also known as pythium decay, can occur if the plant is overwatered. If the plant is left in soil that is too moist for long periods of time and the roots fight to get oxygen.

The fungus causes rot and affects the roots capacity to function correctly. In certain instances, the root rot could be caused by soil-based fungus.

The leaves will change color and turn yellow. The roots will darken and could become mushy.
Take the plant out of the soil. Clean the roots with water. Then, trim the roots affected using pruning shears.

Make sure to use a clean and disinfected pair of scissors (use ruby alcohol) and then remove the soil on which the plant was sitting.

It could be beneficial to soak the rest of the root system into a fungicide solution. This can help eliminate any remaining spores of the fungus.

Alocasia Wentii Most Common Issues 

The newest Alocasia Wentii owners may notice some oddities in their plants. Most of the time, the root cause has been explained previously, however, here are some of the additional symptoms that may be indicative of these issues.

Leaves Drooping or Turning Yellow on Alocasia Wentii

In the majority of times, plants turning yellow is due to watering, either in excess or overwatering.

The cause could be due to an absence of sunlight or soil that is not as good, however. In the majority of cases, examining these factors (see the previous paragraph) and addressing the problem will resolve the issue.

Brown Spots on Alocasia Wentii

Pests and fungal infections result in brown spots. In some ways, this is in turn, linked to the proper care and watering, however.

Over or underwatering can make the plant susceptible to insects and fungi. If you notice brown edges on the leaves, it could also be due to excessively fertilizing or over-sunning your plant.

Leaves Have Wrinkles on Alocasia Wentii  

Dry or wrinkled leaves dont necessarily mean that you are underwater. They can also be a sign of excessive watering. Be sure to check out the best practices for watering above.

How to Repot Alocasia Wentii

The ideal time to plant is at the beginning of the growing season. The plant will not perform well if it is repotted during the dormant winter phase.

One of the most appealing aspects of the elephants ears is that they dont require the same amount of repotting as many other plants in the indoor garden. This is due to the fact that they dont want their roots irritated frequently.

If you think you need to plant again, you should do it every year, at the most. Be aware that transferring to a large pot could cause the roots to become too dispersed.

How to Propogate Alocasia Wentii 

Root Clumps

It is possible to break clumps of the root apart with some gentle movements or by cutting them with an unclean knife or a pair of fine scissors. Do this to propagate the plant.

If everything goes well youll be able to create new clumps that have root systems all set to go.

Runners 

There are rhizomes and Stolons on your Alocasia plants - certain varieties do this rather than clumping. They can also help to propagate new plants too.

Place them in a soil and ensure they are watered. Within a couple of weeks, you will see a new plant.

Propagate in Soil

If youve completed the above and you have new runners, clumps, or seeds, you can plant the seeds in fresh soil in their new pots and then lightly water them.

It could take a few weeks before you observe any new leaves or new growth, but this is quite normal.

Propagate in Water

Owners are a bit dispersed on this issue. However, Alocasia Wentii is sometimes propagated by the water.

Its usually that is only used when a cut does not have roots. Certain owners have tried it on the clumps of roots they have.

If you think youd like to try it, it can provide an additional element of exotic flavor to your presentation.

Make sure you use a container that is deep enough to cover the entire root system, then fill the container with water from your tap. Important: If the water in your tap is chlorinated, wait for 24 hours prior to putting your plant inside it.

Set the plant inside it and submerge the root system and then place it in a suitable spot to receive filtered light according to the normal procedure, and then top it up as the water levels drop.

Liquid fertilizer for your houseplants can be a great addition to your water. Include it when you swap with the water every two or three months.

Common Questions About Alocasia Wentii 

Reason for Dripping Leaves on Alocasia

If the elephants ear is excessively hydrated, it could sweat out excess water. This is a great thing and shouldnt be a cause for concern. Reduce the amount of watering.

Reason Why Leaves Change Colour on Alocasia 

If the browning isnt specific to a spot or even an overall shade, it is most likely due to excessive watering. If reducing the amount of water you use does not resolve the problem, look for root decay.

Is Alocasia Wentii Safe or Harmful to Cats?

Alocasia plants are extremely toxic to dogs, cats, as well as other animals and humans! If eaten in raw form, it can cause death or severe illnesses. The way it causes toxic effects is quite gruesome.

The plants calcium oxalate crystals are sharp and released after chewing. The crystals travel through the throat and into the esophagus, cutting the soft tissue inside and causing significant swelling.

Certain chemicals can cause toxicity to certain mammals. Contact with the skin can trigger allergic reactions in certain people.

Fortunately, cats tend to avoid them naturally. However, keep an eye on the following in the event of:

  • Cardiac abnormalities
  • Diarrhoea
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Foaming
  • Hoarseness
  • A loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • The mouth is pawed
  • Seizures
  • Eyes, tongue, or lips
  • Vomiting

 

Stephanie

Stephanie

Went from an inexperienced gardener to a half-decent one over 10+ years. I cover anything from general indoor plant guides and lawn care, to succulents and flowers. Super happy to share my tips and tricks with you :)