Alocasia Calidora
Alocasia,  Plant Care,  Propagation

Alocasia Calidora

Welcome to our guide to the Alocasia Calidora all to you need to know about care and propagation

Alocasia Calidora Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check soil weekly, only water if dry all the way down.
Fertilizer:Well diluted balanced feed monthly in spring and summer.
Soil:A rich and chunky, well draining soil (Alocasia Soil).
Temperature:15-27°C (59-81°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Calidora Elephant Ear.
Common issues:Overwatering.


The calidora is an elephant ear plant known for its huge leaves. They can grow huge, to much bigger than a person.

See also: Alocasia Soil, Alocasia Azlanii, Alocasia Lauterbachiana, Alocasia Wentii.

Alocasia Calidora Light Needs

Bright indirect sunlight is ideal. Some early morning direct sun is fine too.

How Often To Water

They like to be moist but well draining. Check the soil each week and water it if the top half is dry. Make sure all the water is allowed to drain after and it is not sat in the bottom saucer causing water logging.


Use a well diluted, balanced feed every month in the spring and summer months.

Alocasia Calidora Soil

You want a rich and chunky well draining soil with something like potting compost, orchid bark and perlite. For more, see our guide: Alocasia Soil.

When to Repot

Check their roots yearly in Spring and pot them up a size if they are crowded. You can also repot them in the same pot if they are not crowded, just to refresh the soil.


Aim for 60%, they like it humid, they can do well in higher humidities too and will tolerate a little lower as well. They love consistent humidity too.

Tip: Keep them humid, 60% is ideal. You can buy a humidity meter (affiliate link) to keep an eye on maximum and minimum levels.


15-27°C (59-81°F) is good range in the day time, try to keep them above 5°C (41°F) at night.

How to Propagate Alocasia Calidora

You can propagate alocasia calidora by splitting it at the base once it has smaller pups growing next to the main plant. You can take it out of the soil, separate the pups off at the rhizome, trying to cause as little damage as possible when you do. Then you can pot the plants up separately.

Is It Toxic to Cats?

It is toxic to dogs and cats if eaten, it can cause vomiting and irritation, so seek vets advice.

Tip: They drop liquid from their leaves sometimes. It’s nothing to wory about, it is a natural process called guttation.

Alocasia Calidora Vs Portora

They are two huge alocasias, and are really similar, the portora has more serrated leaf edges and the leaf is pointier than the calidora.

Alocasia Calidora Vs Odora

You can tell these plants apart as the calidora is much more veiner, ribbed leaves, the odora has much smoother ones.

How Fast Do Alocasia Calidora Grow?

They can grow to about 9 feet tall or 2.75 meters, and can grow over a meter or 3 feet in a year. The leaves can grow huge!

Is Alocasia Calidora Toxic?

It is toxic to cats and dogs if eaten. Seek vets advice.

Other Names

Calidora Elephant Ear.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

Overwatering is a common issue, make sure your plant is in a well draining medium and you do not water it unless sure it needs it.

Other Articles You Might Like

There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Alocasia Soil, Alocasia Azlanii, Alocasia Lauterbachiana, Alocasia Wentii.

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