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kxhsing
Jun 10, 2020 11:17 AM CST
My elephant ear (black stem alocasia) has been struggling to put out new leaves for the past few (6) months and I'm not sure why. It seems like the leafy green parts of the new leaves dry up before they can emerge from the other stems (see attached photo; the leaf was already dried when it finally came out).
I water the plant 1x/week and it's near a west-facing window and gets pretty bright indirect light. In the dried up leaf photo, there is actually another one just like it within that stem too. Am I watering too little, am I letting it get too much sun? Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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BigBill
Jun 10, 2020 11:36 AM CST
That situation is no where near enough light. In my opinion, it is growing in a dark cave!
Get it to a window that gets a little sun.
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WillC
Jun 10, 2020 3:20 PM CST
How dry is the soil just before you water it each week? How much water do you give it?

Do you keep the blinds the way they are in the photo?
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san francisco, ca
kxhsing
Jun 10, 2020 3:45 PM CST
WillC said:How dry is the soil just before you water it each week? How much water do you give it?

Do you keep the blinds the way they are in the photo?


The soil is usually just slightly moist when I water, and I water until the water starts to come out the drainage holes. I also mist it every other day and keep it on a tray of pebbles with water.
I usually keep the blinds open (in the photo I just haven't fully opened them for the morning), but it can get really hot and bright in the afternoons so I'll slightly adjust how open it is depending on those factors.
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WillC
Jun 11, 2020 8:07 AM CST
Is it slightly moist on the soil surface or slightly moist deeper down in the soil just before you water?
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kxhsing
Jun 11, 2020 10:41 AM CST
Slightly moist deeper down. So the soil is crumbly and a little moist but not bone dry. I've been wondering if it needs more water frequent watering as the temperatures are climbing where I live?
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WillC
Jun 11, 2020 10:45 AM CST
I would suspect too dry more than too wet.
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