Alocasias, Colocasias & Xanthosomas are a group of plants commonly known as Elephant Ear Plants and Taro. Taro root is edible and is ground like flour. Macrorrhiza is the largest of the group and can grow to 8' in perfect conditions. The varigated macro will grow in full sun, but prefers some shade. It will also grow in deep shade. The variegation is caused by a genetic issue which creates beautiful leaves. Keep in mind that the white areas have no Chlorophyll and may require more consitant care as far as watering & fertilizing to keep them thriving. New rhizomes will begin growing by the summer of the second season. Some alocasias look best as a solitare, single plant and others look best as a group of plants in the container.
Alocasia macrorrhiza variegata
The Variegated Alocasia macrorrhiza is a fun addition to any garden. As long as it doesn't face a hard freeze, this plant will thrive all year. If you do have freezes, you can dig up the tubers and keep them inside until the freeze has passed. These tuberous plants will spread easily and fill an area to create artistic privacy, or you can tame them by mowing close to the base of the main plant. Mature plant height and width is around 5-6 feet.
Should be grown in medium to bright light (not direct sunlight) and fertilized often for the healthiest plant. Prefers moist, rich soil. This plant can live in deep shade, but the more shade it has, the more the variegation will fade. Pest issues are minimum. Grown and shipped in a 6 inch container.
I take great pride in carefully packaging by both protecting and insulating with repurposed Styrofoam, which guards from heavy damage. If issues occur in transit, please be aware it is out of my control and you must file a claim with the post office. Keep in mind, it is common for Alocasias to lose the outermost, oldest leaf sometimes even two during transit but a new leaf should unwind within 2-3 weeks. Patience is key as they need time to recover and adjust to their new environment.