Aroids forum: Alocasia Help Needed

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Name: Dylan Majestic
Linden, Michigan, USA (Zone 6a)
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majesticdylan
Jul 16, 2012 4:02 AM CST
I have an Alocasia x Calidora that I have grown for 4-5 years. This spring it lost ALL it's leaves and stalks right down to the semi-woody trunk. The got broken off by some critter after I planted it in the ground for the summer. That was in late April/early May and it still hasn't shown any sign of sprouting new leaves from the top of the trunk or from the side. The trunk is still firm, not rotting at all, but what's the matter? Or does it just take months and months to regrow leaves after being damaged?
Name: LariAnn Garner
south Florida, USA
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LariAnn
Jul 16, 2012 3:52 PM CST

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Dylan,
They will usually sprout out fairly quickly when damaged as you described. So long as the trunk part is rooted and getting watered adequately, the only other factor may be nutrient levels. Sometimes an Alocasia will not come up because it does not sense adequate nutrients available. The other factor is whether the soil temps are warm enough.

Another idea is to dig it out, inspect the part below ground for roots and possible below-ground sprouts, and then replant in well-draining soil mix with timed-release fertilizer added.

Any other information (such as, is the plant in a pot or in the ground) you can provide may help me offer better advice.

Kind regards,
LariAnn
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