Welcome to our guide to Alocasia Portora care, all you need to know to care and propagate this plant, including soil, water, light and humidity.
Alocasia Portora Care Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check soil weekly, and only water if it is dry almost all the way down.|
|Fertilizer:||A well diluted balanced feed monthly in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A rich, chunky, well draining soil (see our guide: Alocasia Soil).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Elephant Ear ‘Portora’, Upright Elephant Ear.|
|Common issues:||Yellowing or drooping leaves due to over or underwatering.|
The Alocasia Portora is large elephant ear alocasia with big, serrated edge leaves that point towards the sky. They can grow huge in a small pot.
See also: Alocasia Soil Alocasia Regal Shields, Alocasia Low Rider, Alocasia Lauterbachiana, Alocasia Wentii, Alocasia Chantrieri, Alocasia Dark Star, Alocasia Ivory Coast, Alocasia Longiloba, Variegated Alocasia.
Alocasia Portora Light Needs
Bright indirect sunlight is ideal. When they get big they will tolerate some direct early in the morning, but be careful not to burn the leaves. They can also do well in medium indirect sunlight too. A bit back from a south facing or in a west facing window is ideal.
Clean the leaves every now and again from dust, which will allow thm to take in as much sun as possible.
Check the soil weekly, and only water it if the soil is dry almost all the way down. Keep them moist, consistently, but not soaking. If in doubt, under water it as root rot can take hold quite quickly. When you do water it soak it, and let the water drain off completely, don’t leave any say in the saucer or tray under the plant. Use filtered water and leave it over night, as they can be sensitive.
They will need much less water in the winter months and growth can slow right down, so make sure you always check the soil before watering.
Use a well diluted balanced feed monthly in spring and summer to encourage growth. They’ll be ok if you don’t feed them but should grow quicker if you do.
Alocasia Portora Soil
It wants to be a rich, chunky, well draining soil. We have a guide to alocasia soil here, which includes how to make your own: Alocasia Soil.
Check their roots yearly in Spring and pot them up a size if they are crowded. They can grow quite quickly.
Tip: Don’t be worried if they shed an old leaf when a new one grows. A lot of people worry when they shed a leaf, but it is totally normal when juvenile for an older leaf to die off as a new one grows, the plant may only support three leaves for example. When the plant matures and the trunk gets bigger it will support more leaves.
Aim for 60%, their leaves like it humid. They really like to be humid, use pebble tray or at least keep them with other plants to maintain a good level.
16-27°C (61-81°F) is ana ideal range in the day, and down to 10°C (50°F) at night.
How to Propagate Alocasia Portora
You need to wait until your plant has produced a pup at the base, then you can carefully prize it off and pot it up separately. You’ll need to remove the plant from it’s pot or dig it up to do this. Be careful to ause as little damage as possible to the roots while you do it.
Is Alocasia Portora Poisonous?
Be careful, it is toxic if eaten. Seek vets advice.
Alocasia Portora Vs Macrorrhiza
They are similar plants, but the portora’s leaves point up towards the sky more. They are both similar types of alocasia but you can tell them apart form the leaves, also the odora is smaller when mature.
Elephant Ear ‘Portora’, Upright Elephant Ear.
Where To Buy
Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
FAQs and Common Problems
They show their problems on their leaves and you can get yellowing or drooping leaves if the plant is over or underwatered.
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