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Name: Rosanna
Montreal, Quebec
rterracc
May 19, 2020 10:05 AM CST
I recently bought my first Alocasia Polly about 3 weeks ago at a greenhouse. It is still in the planter's pot it came in. I had it in near a northeastern facing window with some indirect light, and had only watered it once about a week ago since it was dry (from the top and not much water, top is still ever so lightly moist), when I started noticing spots on several of the leaves. All of the leaves are slowly getting affected with more spots. Some of the leaves have brown tips. And I did notice the tips dripping water since the first night it arrived. The one bigger leaf did have the larger hole as you can see in the picture when I bought it, but it was not as big as it is now, nor with the yellow around the edges (I just thought it was plant damage from travel, etc ) -- water was also seeping out of here in the evenings (a darker color, which I suspected was from the color under the leaf).

There is a new leaf coming in as you can slightly see in one of the photos, which I understand could lead to older leaves drying.

From my research online, I can't tell if this is an issue of over or under watering, mite infestation, low humidity, fungi, bacteria...I don't think I see mites, but did wipe the leaves down with a mix of water and gentle dish soap just in case. And I have moved it into a southeast-facing bathroom to give it more humidity. I have never given it direct sun.

My best guess is some sort of bacteria or fungal infection, since it seems to be spreading? I am quite new to house plants, and any help would be appreciated. The leaves on this beauty of a plant gets me every time, and I would be sad to lose it so soon. Thanks in advance.
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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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oneeyeluke
May 19, 2020 12:12 PM CST
The brown spots on the leaves of your Alocasis Plant are probably sunburn from being in the direct sun. Allow the top few inches of soil to dry out before watering. Keep the leaves dry and quickly remove any leaves that turn yellow or drop off. Its not really that bad, however keep your plant in the nursery container and don't transplant anytime soon.
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Name: Rosanna
Montreal, Quebec
rterracc
May 19, 2020 12:17 PM CST
Thank you for the response. But, how would the leaves be sunburned if I have never placed the plant in direct sun? It was mostly near a northeastern window that only receives indirect light.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 20, 2020 10:23 AM CST
Those are normal blemishes that are pretty hard to avoid. There is also some physical damage from its transport. They are not symptoms of a fungal or any other disease and they are not caused by sunburn. The spots will not go away and they may expend over time.

Overall your Alocasia looks fine. This is a lovely and interesting plant, but very hard to keep looking perfect. When you water, always do so thoroughly enough that some water trickles through the drain holes. Otherwise, I don't recommend your making any changes in its care.
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Name: Rosanna
Montreal, Quebec
rterracc
May 20, 2020 11:42 AM CST
Great, thanks so much for the response, Will. Very appreciated! I'm happy to hear that it all looks fine.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 20, 2020 5:17 PM CST
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Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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