The Hilo Beauty is a uniquely patterned Alocasia. The delicate heart-shaped leaves have a camouflage pattern of varying lime and dark green that instantly grabs the attention of anyone passing by. The scientific name for this species remains Caladium Praetermissum, but it is also known as a Elephant Ear plant. This large-leafed plant is thought to come from the Hilo region of Hawaii.
As many other tropical plants, the Hilo Beauty grows extremely large and may be considered a heavy feeder, so keep a liquid fertilizer on hand.
Thrives in medium to bright indirect light. Keep away from direct sunlight to prevent burning.
Water every 1 or 2 a week. The Hilo Beauty likes to remain frequently moist, but not oversaturated with water. The top 1-2″ of soil should dry out before re-watering. Requires a very humid environment and above-average home humidity levels.
Sick Plant Signs
Yellow leaves, wet potting mix: Overwatering
Brown leaves, dry potting mix: Underwatering
Drooping, leaf curl, dry potting mix: Underwatering