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All About Alocasia amazonica ‘Polly’

Posted on December 12 2022

Alocasia amazonica ‘Polly’ is a striking and beautiful houseplant. It’s dark green leaves are arrow shaped with wavy edges. What might be the most eye catching feature of this plant are the creamy white ribs and margins that contrast so well against their dark background. With proper care; bright indirect light, regular watering, and humidity, this plant will be a stand out among your collection.

Meet Your Match:

    • Nickname: African Mask
    • About the Family: The Alocasia Polly is a hybrid of unknown parents, but is related to other varieties of Alocasia, such as the Maharani and California.
    • Understanding the Family Tree: Araceae (Family), Alocasia (Genus), Alocasia Polly (Species).
    • Hometown: Tropical Asia.

    How to Care for Your Alocasia Polly:

      • Watering: When the first ¼ inch of soil is dry. Light, frequent watering is beneficial.
      • Humidity: High. 
      • Soil: Well-draining.
      • Fertilizer: Mild fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season.
      • Light: Keep your Alocasia Polly in bright to medium indirect light and temperatures above 60 degrees.
      • Propagation: Division.
      • Toxicity: Shouldn’t be ingested; toxic to pets and people.

      The Best Unboxing Practices:

        Properly caring for your newly unboxed Alocasia Polly for the first week of its new life is crucial to the extended wellness of your plant. Follow these practices to get the best results:
          • Watering: Exotic Forest ships freshly watered plants. Do not water your Alocasia until it exhibits the proper signs.
          • Repotting: Do not immediately repot your plant, which would likely result in shock and leaf-loss. Allow it to acclimate to its new environment for at least one week.
          • Lighting: Place your Alocasia Polly in filtered, low light for a few days to acclimate. Relocate your Alocasia to your desired location that fits its care needs afterward. Do not ever place a freshly un-boxed plant in direct sun.

          What You’re Getting:

          • You will receive a carefully selected, quality evaluated 6” diameter plant approximately 18" tall. All Exotic Forest plants are rooted and thriving. 

          What Makes Us Special:

          • Shipment Methods: Plants are precious, and we want yours to arrive safely! We ship our plants via UPS, with a maximum of 4-day shipping. 
          • Our Packing: Have you received ‘squished’ plants from other companies? Our solution to this common issue is bamboo stakes and biodegradable packing peanuts (starch), which securely holds your plant in place during shipment. 
          • Chemical-free: We are committed to keeping our plants and customers safe. We never treat our plants with chemical pesticides. 
          • Quality Standards: Exotic Forest strives to meet stringent quality standards and evaluates each plant we resource from our nursery. Pest-free, healthy plants are a requirement!
          • Customer Service: Your satisfaction is our priority. If you are experiencing issues with or have questions about how to care for your Alocasia amazonica ‘Polly’, reach out to us at or via our social media accounts. Are you tired of receiving pre-written responses? We believe that plant parents want to talk to people, not robots. A knowledgeable team member reads and replies to each individual concern: no cookie-cutter answers here!
          • Returns: While we do not accept returns at this time, you can contact us at with photos of your plant and receipt to discuss the specific plant care issues you’re experiencing with your Alocasia amazonica ‘Polly’ and possible resolutions.
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          FAQ about your Alocasia Polly’s Light Needs:

          • Why are my Alocasia Polly’s leaves curling? Since Alocasia Pollys are tropical plants, moisture is very important for them to survive. If your Alocasia plant is dealing with an issue of under-watering, its leaves will start drying out and will become crispy. That will further lead to curling of alocasia leaves. Proper watering and regulating moisture is an important step in Alocasia plant’s care. It is important to keep the soil moist and not soaking in water. However, if you stop watering your plant regularly, it often leads to the curling of the leaves.
          • Why are my Alocasia Polly’s leaves dying? The most common reasons for an Alocasia Polly to have dying leaves are overwatering, underwatering, lack of nutrients, low temperature, or improper lighting conditions.
          • What should I know about watering my Alocasia Polly? Maintain a regular watering schedule and keep the soil of your Alocasia Polly moist, but not wet or saturated. This is not a drought-tolerant indoor plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. Root rot will occur if the soil becomes soggy. 
          • How to propagate an Alocasia Polly? The best propagation method of Alocasia Polly is via division. Dividing Alocasia into smaller portions can be done due to the clumping or rhizomatous (spreading via underground stems) nature of the root structure. Successfully dividing your plant is relatively simple and will turn a crowded Alocasia into two or more new plants.

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