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May 12, 2020 6:23 AM CST

Hi :)

I've had my alocasia (elephant ear) for a couple of months now and all was well. It sits next to a window that allows for light all day every day (not direct) however I've noticed large amounts of discolouration on all leaves (stems seem to be fine) and has a white/yellow tint to it instead of usual green see photo please - it was recently treated for spider mites so I'm not sure if it's that or that it's almost winter time in Australia and I hear they are dormant during the winter.

Please help any advice is appreciated it's my favourite plant and I don't want it to die :(

Thanks in advance!

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May 12, 2020 5:41 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
What you have is an ALocasia 'Sarian'. I have one, its a nice plant. It does look a little desiccated....I think possibly from old mite damage. Are you sure they are gone?

In the US Spider mites are usually much more active in houseplants in the winter when its a lot drier. In summer they may not disappear but they are less common, the insects take over for them to cause us grief.

Are you sure you do not still have mites?
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May 13, 2020 6:09 AM CST

I can't see any more spider mites and their webbing anymore. Is there anything you recommend that can possibly fix or at least make my plant better?

Thanks!
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May 13, 2020 8:11 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
I have actually found that Sarian prefers a little shade. Like a dappled shade. Any damage to the leaves previously by the mites is done, it can;t be reversed. You know this can eventually get tall, over your head, with huge leaves?
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May 14, 2020 2:00 AM CST

Where it's located in my house it doesn't get direct sunlight exposure but with the rate of growth I've seen from it - it likes its location. In regards to the discolouration is there anything you recommend?
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May 14, 2020 6:14 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
Don;t overwater, Sarian does not like wet feet. It is a great alocasia, one of the most graceful of the large growers
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