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cyberjar09
Jun 6, 2020 8:58 PM CST
My elephant ears was doing well for the last year. Over the last couple of months I noticed there were spider web like structures on the leaves, I figured it was just spiders so no biggie. However when the leaves started dying out and not replenishing as fast I got curious, turns out there is something called spider mites that had infested the plant. :sad:
I made a mix of neem oil, baby soap and water as seen on YouTube a d sprayed the plant. In an attempt to remove older stems at the base i tried to cut them off but ended up slicing the last remaining leaf as well :sadder:

Now the plant has no leaves.
Will new leaves grow? What can I do to make it survive?

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oneeyeluke
Jun 7, 2020 3:03 AM CST
Maybe, but I don't see how you will be able to grow any new leafs on that plant if they are attacked by spider mites. Are you feeding your plant hydroponically in the hydro corn?
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Gina1960
Jun 7, 2020 6:56 AM CST
It may regrow or it may not. If the tuber is still firm in there it has a chance
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cyberjar09
Jun 7, 2020 7:49 AM CST
As you can probably tell, I'm a complete newbie. I've been pouring regular water into the pot when the level goes down. Does that count as "hydroponically"?
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cyberjar09
Jun 7, 2020 7:55 AM CST
Gina1960 said:It may regrow or it may not. If the tuber is still firm in there it has a chance


Anything I can do to help the tuber? Or anything I can check?

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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Jun 7, 2020 7:58 AM CST
You know I have never grown anything hydroponically. It would help to know which type of 'elephant ear' this is....is it an ALocasia, a COlocasia, or a Xanthosoma? DO you have any photos before you cut it up?

Colocasia and Xanthosoma readily adapt to pond and water culture, here in Florida they often grow wild in rain ditches and by streams and creeks and in bogs.

ALocasia, not so much. They like adequate water but not wet feet.
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WillC
Jun 7, 2020 8:25 AM CST
Either the hydroponic system was not set up properly or you have not been following the watering instructions. Your plant has been slowly dying from the roots up as a consequence. I doubt that there is any healthy live tissue remaining below the surface. Sad
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cyberjar09
Jun 7, 2020 6:18 PM CST
Gina1960 said:You know I have never grown anything hydroponically. It would help to know which type of 'elephant ear' this is....is it an ALocasia, a COlocasia, or a Xanthosoma? DO you have any photos before you cut it up?

Colocasia and Xanthosoma readily adapt to pond and water culture, here in Florida they often grow wild in rain ditches and by streams and creeks and in bogs.

ALocasia, not so much. They like adequate water but not wet feet.


Based on the label form the purchase, it is an Alocasia
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cyberjar09
Jun 7, 2020 6:20 PM CST
WillC said:Either the hydroponic system was not set up properly or you have not been following the watering instructions. Your plant has been slowly dying from the roots up as a consequence. I doubt that there is any healthy live tissue remaining below the surface. Sad


The plant was thriving before the spider mites infested it. at one point I had 7 leaves growing out of it. So I think I can narrow it down to the infestation. :(
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Gina1960
Jun 7, 2020 7:17 PM CST
Yeah it was probably the mites. But it may come back. I grow a lot of different alocasias in my yard and in my greenhouse. They have this tendency to go dormant in winter here in the greenhouse when the light starts to recede in late fall and into winter, Some do, some don;t. The ones in the yard never do, unless there is a breeze and they freeze back. Then they come back in the Spring. SO whether they freeze back in the yard, or do dormant in the greenhouse, they ALWAYS come back from the tuber. I have a feeling yours will as well. It was an accident that you cut the growing tip, but it will probably make another. Just do what you were doing before and wait.
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cyberjar09
Jun 7, 2020 11:50 PM CST
Thanks all for the support. I guess there isn't much I can do other than wait and be attentive to the plant. Appreciate all your help.

I may come back around and ask questions of how I can grow a new one should the current one not make it Crying
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Gina1960
Jun 8, 2020 6:30 AM CST
If it was doing well before the mites got it, it should come back and do well again
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WillC
Jun 8, 2020 9:06 AM CST
Mite infestations often occur on plants that are under stress for other reasons such as improper light or watering. In this case, I believe it is the underlying watering problem that weakened the plant, made it more vulnerable to the mites, and has caused the overall demise of your plant.

I hope I am wrong about the seriousness of the root deterioration, but I don't think it was the mites that caused your plant to die back as much as it has.
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Kevalsha
Jun 8, 2020 2:06 PM CST
Maybe you can try growing it in moist soil, if you can. Mine I cannot get rid off. They grow everywhere and multiply. Nothing attacks them.
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Lutlup1
Jun 13, 2020 5:01 PM CST
It looks as though it is time to invest in a new plant. It may have picked up a pathogen or there was something about the growing conditions it didn't like.

Try another variety/species in the arum family; they all have spectacular leaves and enjoy indirect or partial sunlight.

A pot with a water reservoir tank beneath and a wick from there to the soil is a great gadget. You don't need to pour water directly on the plant and you can add small amounts of dilute liquid fertiliser to the tank every so often.

Good luck!
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cyberjar09
Jun 13, 2020 9:56 PM CST
Over the last few days, I see a small shoot sprouting from the base... Is it possible signs of life?
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sumire
Jun 13, 2020 10:08 PM CST
Yay! Yes, definite signs of life.
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WillC
Jun 14, 2020 8:19 AM CST
That is definitely a good sign, so I was wrong about the roots being beyond recovery.
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