How Not to Kill Your Alocasia Polly Houseplant

Alocasia amazonica 'Polly' is a compact houseplant from the elephant ear family, known for its distinctive glossy leaves that conjure up images of an Amazonian jungle—despite not being from the Amazon (or any jungle, for that matter).

Also known as the African mask plant, it's the most popular Alocasia grown indoors.

This guide will help you care for your Alocasia 'Polly' and keep it looking healthy and beautiful.


Light and temperature

In the home, your plant will appreciate a windowsill spot with plenty of light, but not too much harsh sun. Because the areas Alocasias naturally inhabit never experience much of a chill, they haven’t evolved to withstand the cold. You’ll have to keep yours warm in the home.


Water and humidity

Keep your plant’s soil lightly moist at all times, especially during the warm summer months. You can let it dry a little further during winter, but never completely.


Soil and planting

Most houseplant enthusiasts report their Alocasias thriving best in special aroid soil, which may or may not contain potting soil.



Alocasias like this one aren’t heavy feeders, but they still appreciate a boost from time to time during the spring and summer growing months. You can use a diluted regular houseplant fertilizer once a month during watering.



Your Alocasia amazonica ‘Polly’ generally won’t need any pruning, except maybe to remove the occasional tattered or dried-up leaf.

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