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Colocasia Royal Hawaiian ‘Waikiki’

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$21.99
  • Green, light yellow and purple to pink elephant ear foliage
  • Matures to 3' wide by 3' tall.
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 7 - 11
  • Plant in areas that receive a large amount of filtered sunlight.
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Description

Colocasia esculenta 'Waikiki' is a new variety of Colocasia being brought to us from the beautiful Royal Hawaiian® collection! Waikiki foliage is dazzling with deep-green, glossy foliage that appears to have been sprinkled with white markings. One thing no one will be able to miss is the eye-catching vivid pink veins throughout each elephant ear leaf. The veins are formed when the back of each leaf changes from purple to green, creating a purple dot in the center that will eventually flow into the veins.

Expect fully mature plants to reach a very manageable 3' tall x 3' wide when grown in adequate conditions. Full-sun, partial-sun, and semi-shade are all acceptable light levels as these are native to tropical climates! Bright sun and moist soil are BEST in humid climates.

Container gardens, borders and in mass are all great uses for this tropical beauty. Cold hardy in USDA zones 7b - 11 so they are able to withstand freezing temperatures down to 5°F, but keep in mind that they are deciduous plants. Remove dead leaves during the growing seasons.

Colocasia Waikiki Care

Elephant ears can survive in a location that receives full sun or partial shade, but it is dependent upon other factors such as the areas water supply and weather. Both indoor and outdoor plants will prefer a large amount of filtered sunlight and have medium watering needs.

Water before planting and then dig hole 2x the width of the pot it was received in. Plant 1-2" above ground soil level and backfill hole with soil. Water deeply to settle, add soil if need be and finally mulch around the plant sure to avoid areas closest to the stem.

Well-draining soil rich in organic matter, like compost or manure, are good options for Elephant Ears. A water-soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer is a good option that provides a good balance of nutrition. You can also use an all-purpose fertilizer high in nitrogen to feed your elephant ears.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Spacing Your Waikiki Colocasia

Plant your Waikiki colocasia 2-3 feet apart to create a lush waterfall of tropical texture along pathways or in mixed tropical beds. Plant 4+ feet apart to allow space between your plantings.

  • Scientific Name
    Colocasia esculenta ‘Waikiki’
  • Hardiness Zone
    8, 9, 10, 11
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Deciduous
  • Features
    Variegated
  • Feature Color
    Green, Multi-Color, Pink
  • Uses
    Houseplant, Accent, Coastal, Container, Mixed Garden Bed, Specimen
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    -

Growing Zones : 8, 9, 10, and 11

Map of USDA Zones 8-11
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Colocasia Royal Hawaiian ‘Waikiki’

From $21.99

Colocasia esculenta 'Waikiki' is a new variety of Colocasia being brought to us from the beautiful Royal Hawaiian® collection! Waikiki foliage is dazzling with deep-green, glossy foliage that appears to have been sprinkled with white markings. One thing no one will be able to miss is the eye-catching vivid pink veins throughout each elephant ear leaf. The veins are formed when the back of each leaf changes from purple to green, creating a purple dot in the center that will eventually flow into the veins.

Expect fully mature plants to reach a very manageable 3' tall x 3' wide when grown in adequate conditions. Full-sun, partial-sun, and semi-shade are all acceptable light levels as these are native to tropical climates! Bright sun and moist soil are BEST in humid climates.

Container gardens, borders and in mass are all great uses for this tropical beauty. Cold hardy in USDA zones 7b - 11 so they are able to withstand freezing temperatures down to 5°F, but keep in mind that they are deciduous plants. Remove dead leaves during the growing seasons.

Colocasia Waikiki Care

Elephant ears can survive in a location that receives full sun or partial shade, but it is dependent upon other factors such as the areas water supply and weather. Both indoor and outdoor plants will prefer a large amount of filtered sunlight and have medium watering needs.

Water before planting and then dig hole 2x the width of the pot it was received in. Plant 1-2" above ground soil level and backfill hole with soil. Water deeply to settle, add soil if need be and finally mulch around the plant sure to avoid areas closest to the stem.

Well-draining soil rich in organic matter, like compost or manure, are good options for Elephant Ears. A water-soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer is a good option that provides a good balance of nutrition. You can also use an all-purpose fertilizer high in nitrogen to feed your elephant ears.

Pot size

  • 2.5 Quart
  • 2 Gallon
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