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Upright Elephant Ear

Alocasia Portodora

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I'm mad about mist, if you mist me regularly I'll love you forever!


Nobody puts baby in a corner! I like to be in the spotlight and thrive on direct sunlight.


Everything in moderation is my motto, so I like to be watered little but often, keeping my soil moist.
Botanical name
Alocasia Portodora
Upright Elephant Ear; Upright Persian Palm
Plant type
Indoor; Alocasia
Plant height (including pot)
60-70cm; 80-90cm; 90-100cm
Pet/baby safe?
Toxic to pets and babies
Growing Speed
Fast grower - max height 3m
Nursery pot size
17cm; 21cm; 24cm

Top tip

Make a statement with your Upright Elephant Ear by feeding it regularly. This will help the leaves grow faster, and give you that jungle look for your home.

About Upright Elephant Ear

There’s always that one lucky sibling that’s taller, and in the case of Elephant Ear plants, it’s the Upright Elephant Ear or Alocasia Portodora. Unlike its fellow Southeast Asian sibling whose leaves grow outwards, the Alocasia Portodora leaves grow upwards to make an altogether different, yet beautiful, indoor plant.

While the Elephant Ear plants share a family resemblance - they are air purifying and are both toxic to pets and children - the similarities stop there. Alocasia Portodora care is still low-maintenance, but quite different.

The Upright Elephant Ear plant prefers to be kept in direct sunlight in a humid room (between 15-25°C), so the bathroom is the perfect home for this indoor plant. You should water them little yet often (keep that soil moist at all times) and mist them daily if your room isn't humid enough.

The Upright Elephant Ear grows pretty fast and can reach heights of 3m. If you want their leaves to grow even faster, feed them regularly. If your Alocasia Portodora leaves are drooping, then mist them more often or move the plant to a humid room. Notice your leaves sweating, you may be over watering them so lay off it for a couple of days. Don't be tempted to soak the soil if leaves start to fall in winter - this is normal and they will brighten back up in spring.

At Prickle, we are always here to hear you! Send us your Upright Elephant Ear questions @Prickleplantsuk.