Ask a Question forum→Plant help!! What's going on with my Alocasia?

Views: 157, Replies: 9 » Jump to the end
Portland OR
houseplantgrower301
May 6, 2020 11:23 AM CST
I received my Alocasia 'Polly' plant in the mail on 4/28 (yes I gave in to an online order). Upon arrival the lower leaf was already discolored and ended up dying. This morning I noticed a leaf starting to yellow.

What's going on? Could this be overwatering? I've only watered it once (yesterday 5/5) since 4/28. The soil was super dry and the pot was very lite. Currently lives in the kitchen and receives bright indirect light. I have not repotted yet.

This is my first Alocasia, help me keep this beauty alive!

Location: Portland, OR

Thumb of 2020-05-06/houseplantgrower301/2ac02a
Thumb of 2020-05-06/houseplantgrower301/e4c3e3
Thumb of 2020-05-06/houseplantgrower301/5d5b47
Thumb of 2020-05-06/houseplantgrower301/1947eb
Thumb of 2020-05-06/houseplantgrower301/5c6282

Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
Image
Gina1960
May 6, 2020 12:41 PM CST
Looks like just old leaves dying off
Award winning beaded art at ceinwin.deviantart.com!
Portland OR
houseplantgrower301
May 6, 2020 12:58 PM CST
Thanks Gina1960! Do you have experience with Alocasia's? I've heard they can have an adjustment period after being moved out of the greenhouse and into a new home. Does this last long?

I was concerned it was overwatering because the bottom leaf looked fine yesterday before watering (5/5) picture #2. Does this variety dislike frequent watering? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Image
WillC
May 6, 2020 3:05 PM CST
I suspect you let it get too dry. Water it thoroughly as soon as the top half-inch of soil feels dry.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
Image
Gina1960
May 6, 2020 4:57 PM CST
I grow about 30 species of alocasia and some hybrids. Poly (which is what you have) is one of the most available Alocasias on the plant market. They are easy care for the most part, but they do require a lot of light. Mine will go dormant every winter when the light falls off, even in the face of adequate heat. How you water it depends on what it is potted in. They like to be kept evenly moist but no wet feet.
Award winning beaded art at ceinwin.deviantart.com!
Portland OR
houseplantgrower301
May 6, 2020 6:44 PM CST
Oh, wow! Gina1960, you must have a beautiful plant collection!

Do you have a recommendation for the type of soil they prefer? I have a 4.75 in. clay pot I'd like to transfer it to. Right now it looks like its potted in a coco fiber mix. I don't think I'll have a problem meeting the light requirements. I have two large S-SE facing windows so it sits just out of any direct light.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
Image
Gina1960
May 6, 2020 6:47 PM CST
I have a big plant collection LOL. But I am not a houseplant grower. I do keep a bunch of ALocasias containerized, especially some of the more finicky ones that need to have water very carefully regulated. And also some that I like to bring in and out as force plants. The rest are grown in the ground, in my greenhouse.

I would actually hold off on repotting and putting into a clay pot...your plant has a lot of growing to do this season. Can you just set the existing plant into the put as a cache pot?
Award winning beaded art at ceinwin.deviantart.com!
Portland OR
houseplantgrower301
May 7, 2020 8:11 PM CST
I'm jealous of big plant collections! My studio apartment feels like its at max capacity with 45 plants LOL.

Thanks so much for the repotting advice! I'll hold off on repotting and just watch it grow for the season.

Thanks again Gina1960 for all the helpful tips, I truly appreciate it!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
Image
Gina1960
May 8, 2020 5:56 AM CST
Don;t be jealous...your 45 plants are probably pretty darn fantastic! The only reason I am able to have what I do is because we live in acreage that allowed me space to build something large enough to house my collection.
Award winning beaded art at ceinwin.deviantart.com!
Portland OR
houseplantgrower301
May 8, 2020 3:43 PM CST
If I do say so myself, those 45 plants are glorious and bring me lots of joy! One day I hope to have a space large enough to do something similar to you. Build something big enough just for my collection Big Grin

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "DAYLILY Starling"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.