Houseplants forum→Alocasia elephant ear repot or not?!

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Basmah
Jun 13, 2020 1:32 AM CST
Hello everyone,

I have an Alocasia elephant that I purchased about 3 weeks ago. When it arrived it had one yellowish leaf that soon deteriorated and I cut it off at the base. There was a leaf unfurling but has not completely unfurled... now another leaf is turning yellow. I checked the roots and it's extremely rootbound. Should I repot it now or will it further traumatize the plant? I'm thinking the roots are not able to supply the plant with nutrients because it's so rootbound? I understand that sometime this plant will lose lower leaves but the new leaf not unfurling is an indication that something isn't right.

It sits in a couple of feet away from south facing window, no direct sun but good light...Humidity is about 50-60 percent. I water it when the top inch feels dry, so I haven't had to water it that much...
So should I repot it ? Any other tips appreciated.
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Gina1960
Jun 13, 2020 6:05 AM CST
IMO that plant is severely under potted. I would repot now. What size is that pot? Is that a 1 gallon? Or a 3?
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Basmah
Jun 14, 2020 9:36 AM CST
Gina1960 said:IMO that plant is severely under potted. I would repot now. What size is that pot? Is that a 1 gallon? Or a 3?


It's 20 cm, I did check the roots and there's almost no soil... So I'm assuming I should repot it?
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Jun 14, 2020 10:42 AM CST
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plantladylin
Jun 14, 2020 11:25 AM CST
If there isn't much soil remaining in the pot, the roots of your Alocasia are likely drying too quickly which is the cause of the yellowing leaves. You can either add more soil to the pot, or as Gina suggested, repot into a larger container. I'd go with the larger container.
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Basmah
Jun 14, 2020 9:57 PM CST
Gina1960 said:IMO that plant is severely under potted. I would repot now. What size is that pot? Is that a 1 gallon? Or a 3?


It's 20 cm, I did check the roots and there's almost no soil... So I'm assuming I should repot it?

Basmah
Jun 14, 2020 11:34 PM CST
plantladylin said:If there isn't much soil remaining in the pot, the roots of your Alocasia are likely drying too quickly which is the cause of the yellowing leaves. You can either add more soil to the pot, or as Gina suggested, repot into a larger container. I'd go with the larger container.


Thanks so much! Repotting it is!

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