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cleary46comcastnet
Nov 30, 2021 11:38 AM CST
Keep getting two great leaves going and fhen one gets these marks, almost like a cancer for lack of a better term. tried cutfing back water. tried more water, more sun, less sun etc

soil is mix miracle grow and organic like to get more than two ears at a tine... see ine in back is just dead new ine coming and this one seems next to die
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Name: Big Bill
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BigBill
Nov 30, 2021 12:06 PM CST
Pot seems a little large. I hope that you did not plant the bulb too deep.
It likes a lot of sun indoors. A lot of sun. It needs much better light then what you are providing.

Good luck.
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Schwenksville
cleary46comcastnet
Nov 30, 2021 12:51 PM CST
Thx. I don't think so on bulb. Plant about 6 months old. I had in front of a 7-5 sunlight window and did it also. I moved to a afternoon.light but not as intense. Same. Thx for helping

Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Dec 1, 2021 4:05 AM CST
I agree with Bill this plant is definitely overpotted. Are you fertilizing in addition to what is already mixed into your Miracle Gro soil? It looks like fertilizer burn to me
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cleary46comcastnet
Dec 1, 2021 4:22 AM CST
Yes, maybe overpotted for now, lol. Was hoping for trees by now haha.
I am NOT fertilizing it. As above I did have in full light for months then said maybe too much sun. But still happening. I have tried the basics, I guess I'll keep trying new locations.
Maybe as time goes by the fertilizer in soil will lessen ?

Name: Big Bill
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BigBill
Dec 1, 2021 5:00 AM CST
If the plant is not growing well, where will the fertilizer go and how slow will it dissipate? So many plant growers, beginners mostly, operate under a false notion. Somehow fertilizer will cure a poor growing plant. It won't!!! Fertilizer supports good growth, it Does Not create it!
I have no idea as to exactly what your light is but "full light" is not the same as full sunlight!!

Here in SE Michigan, every corner downtown has Elephant Ears growing. The city dug them all up in mid November. In every single location they are in Full Sun. By the end of August, their leaves are 6-7' tall, up to 36" long by 18" wide. You get that kind of growth in full sun, not in full light.
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Schwenksville
cleary46comcastnet
Dec 1, 2021 5:33 AM CST
BigBill said:If the plant is not growing well, where will the fertilizer go and how slow will it dissipate? So many plant growers, beginners mostly, operate under a false notion. Somehow fertilizer will cure a poor growing plant. It won't!!! Fertilizer supports good growth, it Does Not create it!
I have no idea as to exactly what your light is but "full light" is not the same as full sunlight!!

Here in SE Michigan, every corner downtown has Elephant Ears growing. The city dug them all up in mid November. In every single location


I meant full sunlight.
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Dec 1, 2021 6:23 AM CST
The thing with Elephant Ears is this. There are a lot of different kinds of 'elephant ears'. Its a catch all phrase. It can encompass Alocasias, Colocasias, Xanthosomas, Caladiums, Syngoniums, Arums, and other genuses of aroids. The most common ones sold for indoor use here are ALocasias and Syngoniums. Some do well indoors, some do not. Colocasias and Xanthosomas are not generally well suited to indoor use. Because Bill is correct. They thrive in full sun or at least half day sun with afternoon shade. Full OUTDOOR 360 degree morning sun with dappled shade in the hottest parts of the day in Florida are what make them do well for me. In overall cooler climates they can take more sun. They also thrive in humidity.

Do you know what you have? Is it an Alocasia? if so, what species or hybrid? That can tell you more about its requirements. Most Colocasia and many Xanthosoma can be grown in bogs or ponds. Alocasias can generally not. ALocasias and Xanthosomas can be trunk forming. Colocasias are generally not (although there are some exceptions).

Its difficult for me to tell from your photo, but your plant looks like a Colocasia to me.
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cleary46comcastnet
Dec 1, 2021 7:09 AM CST
Gina1960 said:The thing with Elephant Ears is this. There are a lot of different kinds of 'elephant ears'. Its a catch all phrase. It can encompass Alocasias, Colocasias, Xanthosomas, Caladiums, Syngoniums, Arums, and other genuses of aroids. The most common ones sold for indoor use here are ALocasias and Syngoniums. Some do well indoors, some do not. Colocasias and Xanthosomas are not generally well suited to indoor use. Because Bill is correct. They thrive in full sun or at least half day sun with afternoon shade. Full OUTDOOR 360 degree morning sun with dappled shade in the hottest parts of the day in Florida are what make them do well for me. In overall cooler climates they can take more sun. They also thrive in humidity.

Do you know what you have? Is it an Alocasia? if so, what species or hybrid? That can tell you more about its requirements. Most Colocasia and many Xanthosoma can be grown in bogs or ponds. Alocasias can generally not. ALocasias and Xanthosomas can be trunk forming. Colocasias are generally not (although there are some exceptions).

Its difficult for me to tell from your photo, but your plant looks like a Colocasia to me.



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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Dec 1, 2021 7:53 AM CST
OK yeah. Colocasias are not really houseplants. Plain green Colocasia escuelenta grows wild here in every ditch, bog, natural pond and manmade retention pond. Its on the Florida invasive list so no one here plants it on purpose. It thrives in full unadulterated all day sun, IN water (Its a running spreader that can take over a small body of water in nothing flat) needs no fertilizer and grows in the mud.

Its fancier cultivars like Mojito, Midori, Black Coral, Black Magic, Imperialis etc are planted ornamentally but again most people use them in wet parts of their yards or in ponds. No one grows them as houseplants because they are not suited for it.
If you want the big plants that look like trees that may make it in your house you need large growing Alocasias. Something like Portodora, Calidora, Odora.
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cleary46comcastnet
Dec 1, 2021 8:07 AM CST
Gina1960 said:OK yeah. Colocasias are not really houseplants. Plain green Colocasia escuelenta grows wild here in every ditch, bog, natural pond and manmade retention pond. Its on the Florida invasive list so no one here plants it on purpose. It thrives in full unadulterated all day sun, IN water (Its a running spreader that can take over a small body of water in nothing flat) needs no fertilizer and grows in the mud.

Its fancier cultivars like Mojito, Midori, Black Coral, Black Magic, Imperialis etc are planted ornamentally but again most people use them in wet parts of their yards or in ponds. No one grows them as houseplants because they are not suited for it.
If you want the big plants that look like trees that may make it in your house you need large growing Alocasias. Something like Portodora, Calidora, Odora.




Ok thx. Will give a look. Here ares one more pics. And again it's a cycle. I
Opens, flourishes and has a new one. When the new one gets it "baby" the first one starts dying. Etc etc. for last 6 months. So as this new one opens it will have a "baby" and then this one will die completely. Just making sure not missing anything.

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purpleinopp
Dec 1, 2021 10:11 AM CST
C. esculenta always got spider mites when I brought them inside for winter when I lived in OH, and about 2-3 leaves (per bulb) was all they could maintain at 1 time. It can survive in a dormant state in a basement, if you have one, then go outside for summer. It's extremely rare to see one with really big leaves in a pot, and the bulbs can reach the size of a basketball.

I've put these in about every condition available in my location, from tons of sun to almost none at all, and to get the biggest leaves, very little sun with tons of heat and daily water seems to be the recipe.


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cleary46comcastnet
Dec 1, 2021 10:33 AM CST
Could I be under watering it? I thought I was overwatering it. Idk.
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purpleinopp
Dec 1, 2021 10:54 AM CST
If the soil has gotten dry, try to water more often. You could put it on a little table or stand so the pot stays somewhat warmer. I try to avoid having any plants sitting at floor level because that's where the air is the coldest. If you can find an old-school string of lights to wrap around the pot, that could help keep the soil warmer. Keep it close to the window during the short days and weak rays of winter (assuming you are not in a tropical location). Low humidity is probably the hardest negative to overcome when trying to keep this kind of plant going over winter inside in a pot. I boil some water if it gets so dry that my hair/clothing has static.
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