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Alocasia Macrorhiza 'Borneo Giant' The leaves on this gigantic plant can reach 6 ft across and over 12 ft long!! This very excitingl elephant ear thick sculpted glossy green leaves are held upright on dramatically thick stems. A clump of these fast growing giant elephant ears is guaranteed to stop visitors in their tracks. Sun to Light Shade. Zones 9-11. The plant you will receive is growing in a 3 pot."
I bought this for a temperate area of Florida. It arrived OK, and seemed to do well until winter rolled around. We had a 34* night and it died immediately. So beware of planting this in any area where temperature go to 34*.
So, I promised quite some time ago that I would compare how my Borneo Giant fared up in Vermont. This is due to someone giving it a two star rating for dying in 34 degree weather in Florida. I gave it some proper research and figured I could take excellent care of such a plant, even though I live in a climate where -30 degrees is commonplace during the winter.
Well, I have owned the Alocasia for roughly one year now. During this time it has remained an easy-to-handle size, occasionally growing a new leaf while shedding an old one. I've found that it seems to prefer indirect, heavily shaded light and near-daily light watering.
So, my advice for the plant is to keep it around the 60-70 degree range. It seems to thrive in that temperature range, and handles being brought inside excellently. Monitoring the weather tells me precisely when to bring it in. If it gets nippy out, I bring the Alocasia in. Nice and simple.
In short, don't take that two star review seriously. I live in one of the coldest climates in the United States, and this plant has yet to die. I highly recommend one for the gardener who doesn't mind putting in some extra effort.
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