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MattLip
May 14, 2020 10:32 AM CST
Hi there!

I recently purchased a Ming Aralia house plant. It has a single trunk with just one shoot, as well as some red waxy substances over two parts of the trunk. While leaves seem to be growing, it's like they're weighing the shoot down and its very saggy. My question is, how can I perk it up a bit? Will new shoots grow? What's the red wax?

I keep ming in indirect sunlight, more toward the shadier end. I let it dry before watering and I've recently re-potted it with new soil. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Matthew Lipson
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DaisyI
May 14, 2020 3:25 PM CST
Welcome!

Your Ming Aralia was grown from a cutting. The red wax was put on the ends to keep it from losing too much moisture. It would have been wise not to transplant immediately after you purchased it. Its suffering from stress, you will have to be patient and wait for it to recover. Don't fertilize.
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WillC
May 15, 2020 9:49 AM CST
Welcome! Matthew. Was the stem drooping before you repotted it?

When you repotted how much of the original soil did you remove? Does the new pot have a drain hole?

How far do you keep it from the nearest window?

The wax was added to keep the cut stem from getting a fungal infection in the damp greenhouse where it was grown.
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MattLip
May 15, 2020 12:38 PM CST
Hi Will, the stem was indeed drooping before I re-potted. I actually had the plant for around 2 months before re-potting, and I kept nearly all the original soil. The new pot does not have a drainage hole, though I've only watered once since re-potting. Ming is on a mantle about 5-7 feet from a window, with partial sunlight.

Thank you for your response Smiling
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WillC
May 16, 2020 7:57 AM CST
I don't know why it was leaning before you repotted, but I am certain that the repotting did not help.

Inadequate light may be part of the problem. It needs to be close enough to the window that it gets at least a few hours of direct sun each day.

Let the top inch of soil get dry before a before adding just enough water so that it dries out similarly again in a week. Experiment a bit to see just what the right amount of water is.
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