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Alocasia cucullata, (10lt) commonly known as Gnome ears, Chinese taro or hooded dwarf elephant ear, is a stunning tropical plant valued for its unique foliage and ease of care. Here's a care sheet to help you nurture your Alocasia cucullata:


  • Alocasia cucullata thrives in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, particularly in the morning or late afternoon, but too much direct sun can scorch its leaves.
  • Avoid placing it in low-light conditions as it may result in leggy growth and loss of leaf coloration.


  • This plant prefers warm temperatures between 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C). It is sensitive to cold drafts and temperatures below 50°F (10°C), so keep it away from cold windows or doors during winter.
  • Maintain consistent temperatures and avoid sudden fluctuations, especially during winter.


  • Alocasia cucullata thrives in high humidity environments. Aim for humidity levels between 60% to 80%.
  • Increase humidity by misting the leaves regularly, using a humidifier, or placing a pebble tray filled with water beneath the pot.
  • Avoid placing the plant near heating or cooling vents, as these can create dry air which is detrimental to the plant's health.


  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Alocasia cucullata prefers slightly damp soil.
  • Water the plant thoroughly when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry to the touch. Ensure proper drainage to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.
  • During the growing season (spring and summer), water more frequently, and reduce watering in the dormant season (fall and winter) while still ensuring the soil remains slightly moist.


  • Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix. A mix containing perlite or orchid bark can help improve drainage.
  • Alocasia cucullata prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil with a pH level between 5.5 and 7.0.


  • Feed the plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).
  • Avoid fertilizing during the dormant season (fall and winter) when the plant's growth slows down.

Potting and Repotting:

  • Repot young Alocasia cucullata plants annually in spring or early summer to refresh the soil and provide room for growth.
  • When repotting, choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one to accommodate the growing root system.
  • Mature plants can be repotted every 2-3 years or when they outgrow their current container.


  • Remove any yellowing or damaged leaves promptly to maintain the plant's overall health and appearance.
  • Prune away any leggy growth to encourage bushier, more compact growth.

Pests and Diseases:

  • Keep an eye out for common pests such as aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, and scale insects. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
  • Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and leaf spot.


  • Alocasia cucullata can be propagated through division during repotting. Carefully separate the rhizomes, ensuring each division has several healthy roots and shoots.
  • Plant the divisions in individual pots with well-draining soil and provide them with appropriate care.

By following these care guidelines, you can enjoy the beauty of Alocasia cucullata in your indoor garden while ensuring its health and vitality.

Alocasia cucullata - Gnome ears

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