Alocasia amazonica - Dwarf Elephant Ear - British Grown

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Scientific Name
Alocasia amazonica (Amazonian lotus-root plant)

Common Name
Alocasia bambino arrow, jewel alocasia

Native to tropical rainforests, banks of streams and marshy places in Southeast Asia

The Alocasia Bambino has gorgeous glossy leaves in the shape of arrowheads, giving it the moniker 'Bambino Arrow'. The veining on the leaves stands out in bright pattern and the dark green of the leaves shine like the jewel which gives it its other common name, the Jewel Alocasia. It is a dwarf variety of alocasia and so won't grow taller than a foot as a houseplant, making it ideal for limited spaces which another plant might grow out of. The stunningly glossy foliage of the Alocasia Bambino will brighten up your rooms and enrich your home.

Bright, indirect light will make alocasias happy- either from overhead or within 2m of a window. Just make sure it's not too direct as this can scorch the leaves!


Allow the top third of the soil to dry out in between waters; keep in mind it will need slightly less watering in the cooler months.

Average household humidity is fine; when your heating is on, try increasing the humidity with a humidity tray. Will benefit from an occasional hose down to keep it free of dust and hydrate the leaves!


Use a moisture-retentive soil to keep this thirsty plant happy but not too soggy. Repot every two years if absolutely necessary; these plants would rather be potbound than risk being shocked by moving.

Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six in autumn and winter. Pre-water the soil before applying 'ready to use' products to protect the roots.


Ideally likes temperatures of 20-30°C; make sure it doesn't drop below 12°C in winter.

No, this plant is toxic to pets and small humans.

Sprouts Top Tips
To maintain your alocasia, prune away any yellowed leaves with a sharp blade and clean cuts; don't cut through yellowed tissue and make sure cuts are clean to avoid shocking the plant!



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