Houseplants forum→What wrong with my Alocasia Amazonia?

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Andrew90
May 12, 2020 7:00 AM CST
I've had this plant since it was very small, about 2+ years. It grows new leaves bigger and taller than the last every other month or so. Although when new leaves grow, a smaller older one turns yellow and falls off... and now these dark dry patches are all over every leaf. I can't tell if it's over watering, under watering or something else. I water it once a week, every other week in the winter, and I put 2 white fertilizer sticks into the soil every 6 months. (Which I've done to all my plants but this is the only one with yellowing leaves) please help 😭

Images show a brand new leave that opened this week with small yellow spots already on it!

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 13, 2020 8:25 AM CST
Alocasias are not easy indoor plants. Even minor lapses in watering will cause leaf discoloration. It looks like you have repotted yours so that makes providing proper watering instructions difficult.
Will Creed
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Andrew90
May 13, 2020 8:53 AM CST
Maybe I should repot with new soil. I was worried it might be root rot, but inconsistent watering was not what I expected. I thought i might be over watering that's why I would skip a week sometimes... do you think that might actually be why?
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 14, 2020 8:07 AM CST
Repotting and replacing soil almost never fixes anything and usually make matters worse. Soil can just as easily get too dry as stay too moist. The key is to find the right balance. Because everyone repots differently, there is no way to know what proper watering for yours now is.

Did you remove some of the original soil when you repotted or did you leave the rootball intact? Does the new pot have a drain hole? How dry does the soil feel and how deep before you water? How much water do you give it?

Please post a photo that shows the pot and soil surface with the pebbles removed from the top.
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: Sharon Parrott
TN (Zone 7a)
sparrott
Sep 28, 2020 7:46 PM CST
Will,
I don't know if I'm allowed to join in here but..... mine was doing the same things. I'm glad I took it out of the plastic pot and put it in a clay one. Ever since I got it, 3-4 months ago, the largest leaf has dripping. Yes it had drainage holes. I dug a hole next to the pot and it was dry. So I gave it 1/2 cup water. This has been going on all this time. When I took it out of the growers pot, it was 3-3 1/2 of muck. Do u think I did the right thing?
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Sep 28, 2020 8:31 PM CST
I am not sure if Will is still here. I have not seen him in a while
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