African Mask (Alocasia 'Polly') in the Elephant Ears (Alocasia) Database

Common names:
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Give a thumbs up African Mask
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Also sold as:
Alocasia x amazonica 'Poly'

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 12-18 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Glossy, deep green accented with attractive white to light green veining
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Other: Seasonal.
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Provides winter interest
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Other info: Remove seed from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination. Viability declines if seeds are allowed to dry. Soak overnight in distilled water and plant.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Parentage: Sport of: Amazonica
Child plants: 3 child plants


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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Jan 21, 2014 4:11 PM

Discovered as a mutation of African Mask (Alocasia 'Amazonica'), at Silver Chrome Gardens, among tissue cultured liners in the 1980's. Shorter petioles, slower growth, and heavier leaf substance led the Rotolantes, owners of Silver Krome Gardens, to believe it was a polyploid form, hence the name 'Polly'. DNA testing indicates it is not polyploid.

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Plant Events from our members
skylark On April 21, 2019 Miscellaneous Event
put all smalls on heat mat to sprout
skylark On September 15, 2018 Miscellaneous Event
tubers on heat mat produced leaves, keeping them on heat mat
skylark On August 15, 2018 Miscellaneous Event
sev tubers are not leafing out - put on heat mat 6 in 6" pot
skylark On March 7, 2018 Miscellaneous Event
put all on heating mat to restart grown, tented.
skylark On April 15, 2017 Plant emerged
new leaves emerged in most pots
skylark On March 15, 2017 Miscellaneous Event
put pots on heat mat to wake up
skylark On June 30, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
most bulbils have sprouted (about 2 mo) and have 1st leaf
skylark On April 7, 2016 Transplanted
cleaned and potted 3yr tubers 6" pot, on heat mat tented.
skylark On April 6, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
potted bulbils into perlite on heat mat tented to sprout (13: 7 big, 6 medium).
skylark On March 29, 2016 Transplanted
oldest into jungle mix in 8" pot, on heat tented. collected 2 dozen bulbils, large, med and small.
skylark On May 4, 2015 Plant emerged
most ypung dormant tubers produced 1 leaf
skylark On March 1, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
put all young tubers on a heating mat, well-watered and tented for sprouting.
carlysuko On August 11, 2019 Bloomed
miv On February 2, 2019 Obtained plant
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Sunburn or overwatering spots on alocasia 'polly'? by houseplantgrower301 May 23, 2020 7:08 AM 6
Help for my Alocasia Polly by rterracc May 20, 2020 5:17 PM 5
Plant help!! What's going on with my Alocasia? by houseplantgrower301 May 8, 2020 3:43 PM 9
Plant ID by Tcast95 May 2, 2020 9:38 AM 2
Alocasia Polly - turning red by SusieV Apr 26, 2020 10:47 AM 1
Alocasia Polly spots? by batesm4 Apr 24, 2020 4:37 PM 2
Trying to get rid of thrips by Blisca Apr 23, 2020 10:46 AM 9
Why does my alocasia look like this! by LauraDi Apr 14, 2020 5:12 AM 5
Rubber tree branching by jarmand74 Apr 3, 2020 2:40 PM 5
Elephant Ear - please help how to save this plant by Brz Feb 9, 2020 1:26 PM 6

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