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Vieques, Puerto Rico
plantadama
Aug 25, 2019 1:55 PM CST
I have what was once a healthy rice paper plant. Repotted from a plastic pot to a glazed clay pot; 3 days later the leaves are wilted and yellowing. Stymied as to what caused this. It survived a move from Texas to Puerto Rico where I now live, but can't survive a repotting? It has been very hot here and wondering if it just went into shock. So sad about my plant.
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oneeyeluke
Aug 26, 2019 2:39 AM CST
If you move your plant into a larger container then the watering requirements will change. Its up to you to find the right amount of water to give the plant, and that can be difficult. Until you learn whats in the best interest of the plant, Its anybodies guess. Maybe you can post a photo.
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Vieques, Puerto Rico
plantadama
Aug 26, 2019 4:20 AM CST
Hello OneEyeLuke:
I don't believe this is relative to watering; I'm very aware of the watering requirements of my plants. I cut the leaves off as they were not going to revive. I am suspecting that it went into shock due to the transplant. Good news is that there are new leaves forming. I appreciate your input. Where in Texas are you? I recently moved from Converse.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Aug 26, 2019 6:47 AM CST
These grow wild in my yard. They can grow in standing water and not care. This time of year, even though it is still 90+ degrees and 90+% humidity, the bottom leaves start yellowing and falling off. Here its a natural growing process. I have Tetrapanax the size of small trees, they form a woody trunk as they grow older. I would guess its just shock from the transplanting.
I have them growing around our in-ground fire pit, when we burn yard waste in early fall they get burned by the close proximity to thereat of the fire. But they always come back from the roots. They are extremely tough plants
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Vieques, Puerto Rico
plantadama
Aug 27, 2019 9:50 AM CST
Thank you so much! I suspected it was shock. I love this plant - waiting for new leaves.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Aug 27, 2019 12:14 PM CST
My suggestion, and its only mine LOL...keep it containerized. I started with a single plant a friend gave me, not, as I said, it grows wild (is totally naturalized) in my yard and comes up everywhere
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Vieques, Puerto Rico
plantadama
Sep 5, 2019 6:12 AM CST
Gina 1960:
My poor plant has not recovered. It started oozing an amber colored sap, and now the tip with a new leaf start has broken off. What should I do? I love this plant and don't want it to die.
Any suggestions? It has always done so well and seems to be in a steady decline since moving it to a new pot.
Thanks!!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Sep 5, 2019 10:45 AM CST
Wow I am surprised. I have had them survive 10 consecutive nights of freak arctic 20F temps, being burned to the ground by fire, drought, hurricane and flood! I might cut the stem back until it isn;t oozing...but I don;t know. Mine have ALWAYS come back from the roots after being damaged.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Sep 5, 2019 1:31 PM CST
I just wish I knew how to help you. These plants just grow here. I don't have to do anything to them. They grow and spread without me even watering or fertilizing. This is what they almost always look like. If it freezes (hard) they will look raggedy for a bit then look like this again later.
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They do this every year at about this time, they are dropping lower leaves to make a trunk
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But at the same time, they are still putting out new top growth
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If you can replace it, I would get a new one and start over. If you can't, I think what I personally would do is cut the trunk at ground level and see if it comes back from the roots
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Vieques, Puerto Rico
plantadama
Oct 9, 2019 6:55 PM CST
I took your advice to cut it back. Within 2 weeks it had so many new sprouts. It has over 10 new leaves, more than it ever had. It looks better than ever.
Happy Gardening!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Oct 9, 2019 7:08 PM CST
I am so happy for you!!!!!!
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