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May 21, 2020 4:11 PM CST
Name: Mitra
Florida
My regal shields were doing great, but when I repotted her a few weeks ago, I noticed she was leaning at the base. I nestled a wedge-like item to hold her up, but when I checked on her to see if she settled in naturally, she's leaning even more drastically, and her base is very unstable (see attached photos).

She also had a recent bout with spider mites, so I gave her a detailed cleaning with water and white vinegar, and I haven't seen any signs of the little buggers, but I don't feel 100% in the clear. She also has "stains" from the infestation (see additional photo of infected leaf).

For background, she's indoors, close to a west-facing window. I water her weekly with about 1-2 cups of filtered water. When I repotted her, I used a half-used bag of organic potting soil that had been sitting in my Florida garage for a while.

I'm really concerned about her recent turn—what can I do to save/revive her?

Picture 1: With wedge holding her up.
Picture 2: Without wedge.
Picture 3: Closeup without wedge.
Picture 4: Infested leaf.
Picture 5: Stem of infested leaf.

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May 21, 2020 5:13 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
OK I have ONE question. You live in FLORIDA. Where? Its summer here. Everywhere. Why is this a houseplant? It should go outside. It would be happier there. This is mine, outside. After a rain,
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and now under canopy


I am probably planting it out
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May 22, 2020 5:00 AM CST
Name: Mitra
Florida
I'm not sure if the suggestion was an intended solution, but considering I live in an apartment, it's not feasible for me to place her outside. Bumping my own post because I am wholeheartedly seeking plausible solutions.
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May 22, 2020 5:40 AM CST
Name: Christine
NY zone 5a
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Put your Alocasia pot into a larger (heavier) pot, just watch your watering, it must still be able to drain well when you water. I hope that makes sense, I did that with mine that was outside and the wind would knock it over, I also used rocks to hold the inner pot in place.
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May 22, 2020 6:08 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
Well, what did the root system look like when you repotted her? Did she have a sizable root mass? Or a small one? I think your pot size looks fine. Since you can't plant it out or set it outside to lean against something like a wall until it gets more established in the new pot, if it were mine I would stake it until it is stable
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May 22, 2020 7:35 AM CST
Name: Mitra
Florida
Christine said:Put your Alocasia pot into a larger (heavier) pot, just watch your watering, it must still be able to drain well when you water. I hope that makes sense, I did that with mine that was outside and the wind would knock it over, I also used rocks to hold the inner pot in place.
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Thank you for the reassurance and guidance, Christine! The current pot has a drainage spout, but I've never seen water release so I didn't hold back on the watering, but I'll be lighter-handed and see how she responds.
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May 22, 2020 7:50 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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It is not unusual for the root systems of recently repotted plants to wobble or lean somewhat after they are moved into larger pots. Make sure the soil is tamped down pretty tight.

It also looks like yours is leaning toward the light so you may need to rotate the pot 180 degrees.
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