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Malriannez
Oct 28, 2016 11:50 PM CST
A couple months ago I bought a baby EE from a woman at a garage sale. It had three leaves on it. I transplanted it into a ceramic pot shortly after purchasing and kept it outside on the porch for a while. (Im by Sacramento and we just started reaching 50° nights) I brought it in a while ago by an East window with the rest of my seedlings once I noticed a young leaf drooping and turning yellow. Now no matter what I do to it it drops new leaves once theyre maybe two weeks old, however the mature leaves look perfectly dark and healthy. Its continuing to send up new growth, but its sad to watch them turn white. Since its in a small pot I only water it maybe once a week or when I notice the soil is dry past my knuckle.
Ive tried to find information on this but havent been lucky. Since we're just starting our cold season would it be wise to leave it outside or even put it in the ground? Or am I doing something wrong regarding window sun andor water??
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Leftwood
Oct 29, 2016 7:46 AM CST
I am wondering if I am the only one that doesn't know what an EE is...... Confused

I will really feel dumb if I should I be expected to know. *Blush*
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Bubbles
Oct 29, 2016 7:57 AM CST
Elephant Ear
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eclayne
Oct 29, 2016 8:56 AM CST

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Elephant ears is used to describe Alocasia, Colocasia Xanthosoma, Caladium and more Malriannez. Since they can have very different needs a photo of the whole plant would be helpful.
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 29, 2016 10:08 AM CST
I agree Please do post a photo of your plant.

Does the new pot have a drain hole? Many EE's really like a LOT of water so you may be under-watering. Also have you given it any fertilizer? Did the new potting mix you put it in have fertilizer in it? They are generally heavy feeders as well.

Another thing you could try is to lay the pot on its side on a piece of newspaper or something, and slide the plant out of the pot to have a look at the roots. They may be completely dried out, or could be waterlogged if the pot hasn't been draining properly. But EE's usually will drink up as much water as you give them.

Depending upon the variety, it might very likely need a bigger pot - many EE's get large and grow FAST!
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Malriannez
Oct 29, 2016 11:09 PM CST
Thanks for your replies! Ill upload a picture in the morning :)
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sallyg
Oct 30, 2016 7:09 AM CST
agree with dyzzypyxxy.
How cold is you cold winter? Mine are still out while nights are falling below the 50 degree mark. I think only true freeze would hurt them.
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 30, 2016 9:12 AM CST
That's true, Sally but the top growth will all die back and they'll stop growing until it warms up again. Lots of people store the tubers like that over winter, just keeping them from freezing, and fairly dry.

If you want to keep one growing slowly through the winter so it will take off in the spring, bringing it indoors is necessary.
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Malriannez
Oct 30, 2016 2:53 PM CST

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Here she is next to the last two drops she's experienced since maybe mid September.
The coldest its getting right now is maybe mid 50s at night so I dont want to put her in the ground but I dont want to do the whole tuber thing. Im just confused as to why she's dropping new growth with no other symptoms.

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sallyg
Oct 30, 2016 7:57 PM CST
I'm really guessing, but an east window may be very little usable light. Maybe it has enough energy to create new leaves, but with low light they aren't self sufficient, maybe that's how the plant 'works'. I don't really know. I'd try checking the root zone to see if watering is going OK, then give more light if you agree the east window isn't very bright for enough of the day.
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DavidLMO
Oct 30, 2016 10:26 PM CST
In my zone, I have to dig and store EE. I did over-winter a Colocasia two years ago in a West window of a back bedroom. It did ok. Following year, I ended up over watering and killed it.
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Bubbles
Oct 31, 2016 10:58 AM CST
@Malriannez I believe your plant is trying to go dormant for the winter. Make sure you mark the pot with a tag identifying it, even if you're not sure which EE it actually is. I have quite a few Alocasias and Colocasias in pots. I leave them in the pots, store them in the hoop house, and stop watering them. I have heaters that cycle on if the temp drops below 40. I don't give them any supplemental water, other than what falls as condensation from the hoop house.

Most all of them spring back to life once we take down the hoop house in March. Occasionally, tags fall out of pots and I'll stick another plant in what I think is an empty pot. When it really warms up here in mid May, I find those long lost EEs popping up in those replanted pots. They usually coexist well with the new plants.

I bought a few plants through a co-op last year. One was a small African Mask (Alocasia amazonica) that "went missing" at the end of summer. In spring, I used the pot for another plant. Noticed the Alocasia popping up around mid-May. The two plants need to be bumped up to a larger pot, but I like them together now.
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