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Colocasia Black Beauty

Colocasia antiquorum

Colocasia Black Beauty Elephant Ear is a tropical plant with gigantic, dark purple leaves bursting from a thick black stalk.

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Colocasia Black Beauty Elephant Ear for Sale Online

Colocasia Black Beauty Elephant Ear is a tropical plant with dark purple leaves and black stems. This plant is perfect for a tropical patio feel, in container gardens, or planted in your garden in zones 9 through 11.


Hardiness Zone: 8-11
Mature Height: 4 to 6 Feet
Mature Width: 3 to 4 Feet
Classification: Foliage plant
Sunlight: Fluorescent to bright, direct light
Habit: Upright
Foliage: Dark purple leaves
Soil Condition: Regular potting mix
Water Requirements: Likes to stay slightly moist
Uses: Efficient at cleaning air indoors, does well in most spaces
Growzone: 8-11 Colocasia Black Beauty Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Colocasia Black Beauty

Before you buy a Colocasia Black Beauty Plant, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

What is the best light for Colocasia Black Beauty Elephant Ear Plants?

What is the best light for Colocasia Black Beauty Elephant Ear Plants?

Colocasia Black Beautys perform well in fluorescent light like office buildings or atriums or anywhere away from direct light. They can handle the bright, indirect light found in a northern or partially shaded eastern windowsill. Western or southern exposure would work as long as the plant is away from the window or the window is well shaded. More bright, indirect light will produce more blooms whereas plants kept in lower light conditions will typically flower less often.

How do I water Colocasia Black Beauty Plants?

How do I water Colocasia Black Beauty Plants?

Colocasia Black Beauty Elephant Ear Plants likes to stay slightly moist, not too wet or too dry. Too many yellow leaves means the plant is staying wet too often, whereas brown tips on the leaves means it has been kept too dry. They recover well from drying out occasionally. Some owners wait until they see Elephant Ear wilt, making it clear when the plant absolutely needs water. Wilting can also be caused by the plant staying too wet; check the soil condition before watering excessively.

How do I fertilize Colocasia Black Beauty Plants?

How do I fertilize Colocasia Black Beauty Plants?

Any all purpose, foliage fertilizer will work for Colocasia Black Beauty Elephant Ear Plants. Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack's Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. On the other hand, Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment.

What is the best soil for Colocasia Black Beauty Elephant Ear Plants?

What is the best soil for Colocasia Black Beauty Elephant Ear Plants?

Colocasia Black Beauty Plants do best in soil that stays slightly moist. Regular potting mix works well, try to keep the soil from drying out too much that it compacts, as it can be difficult to rehydrate. Elephant Ear plants also do well if grown exclusively in water without soil, and are frequently found on green walls (living, planted walls).


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