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houseplantgrower301
May 20, 2020 12:40 PM CST
Hello!

I've had my alocasia 'polly' for about a month now and it was in pretty poor condition after it's journey through the mail :(

Since then it has developed multiple spots on the lower leaf. Any thoughts on what could be causing these? It currently lives in my kitchen out of direct sunlight so I'm hesitant to think they are sunburnt spots. It receives regular watering when soil drys out (roughly 7-10 days depending on moisture) and has not been repotted (currently in a 4" plastic pot).

Any thoughts/advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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oneeyeluke
May 21, 2020 3:24 AM CST
Signs of Overwatering: Browning edges can indicate too much water. A plant pushes water through to the edge of its leaves, and if given in excess, this can cause veins at the edges to burst, which leads to browning. Allow more time between waterings.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 21, 2020 8:22 AM CST
Give your new plant a chance to settle in. The spots that you see are not a result of anything you have done.

If anything, you may be letting it get too dry. Water it as soon as the top half-inch of soil feels dry to the touch. It is the new growth that will best reveal how your care has been.
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Portland OR
houseplantgrower301
May 21, 2020 7:48 PM CST
Ahhh....sigh of relief! Thanks so much WillC!

I'll give it a good drink of water once it drys out. The last time I watered I only gave it about a cup but I guess that wasn't enough. I tried to go easy on watering this past weekend since I overwatered it when it arrived in the mail. I'll have to be patient and figure out its ideal moisture. Thanks for the advice!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 22, 2020 7:36 AM CST
Overwatering doesn't mean giving it too much water at one time. It means watering too often or not letting the soil dry out sufficiently between waterings. It is almost always best to water thoroughly when you do water.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at [email protected]
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Portland OR
houseplantgrower301
May 22, 2020 2:07 PM CST
OOOOh ok! That makes sense. Thanks for the info! I always thought overwatering was when they received too much at one time causing them to have wet feet for too long. I'll adjust my watering based on your recommendation. I really appreciate the new plant knowledge :)
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 23, 2020 7:08 AM CST
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