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Tiffany4567
May 31, 2020 7:06 PM CST
I receive both my alocasias (silver dragon left and cuprea right). Since they both shipped internationally and packaged poorly, the plants arrived with severe root rot. I clean it off with physan 20 and stems and leaves didn't survive, so that naturally snapped off. Is it worth salvaging at this point?

I'm currently trying to root it in water and placed it in a bag full of air for humidity. I followed advice from a YouTuber known for caring her alocasias and other aroids.

Thank you!
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Jun 1, 2020 5:36 AM CST
I would actually never place these tubers in water. COLOCASIA and XANTHOSOMA can grow in bogs and ponds. ALOCASIA can not, especially these, which are ones called the Jewel Alocasias. Their care is more along the lines of a succulent than an aroid. Most of them come from Borneo in the rainforest, but they grow on the forest floor under the leaves of the understory vegetation where only about 2% of the rain that falls on the rainforest makes it. Their thick, succulent-like leaves are a clue that they do not like a lot of water.

The tubers look healthy despite losing their roots and top growth and I do see some existing roots.

If these were mine, I would pot them into a well draining aroid mix for terrestrial aroids. The mix should be a very good quality potting mix, orchid bark, perlite, and chopped coconut husk if you can get it in equal parts. The tubers should be planted with the growing tip up. Water once, allow to drain, then water sparingly until you see new growth.
After you see new growth water sparingly. The main cause of plant loss with Jewel ALocasias is overwatering.

Or, you can try to re-root these in damp sphagnum moss.

I don;t grow the dragon scale, but I grow a few of other Jewels...Cuprea, Reginula, Reversa, Maharani...their care is all the same
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