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Jan 18, 2017 7:00 AM CST
i am a terrible plant parent. please help me. so i got a yucca elephantipes in june, that had three separate trunks. he was doing great till i noticed the two smaller ones were wilting pretty badly in the fall i watered him once after getting him. he was in a south facing window. i thought it was because they werent quite tall enough to receive sunlight so i moved him further from the window so they werent sitting right under it. then i noticed their wilting leaves had black spots and the trunks were spongy. i pulled them out when i thought they were goners and sure enough they were completely rotted. their side of the soil was soaking wet at the bottom (i have no clue how). i think they were watered a lot before i bought them and the soil was retaining water or something.

so they were goners. the biggest trunk was still going strong. then he started wilting and getting black spots on leaves too. all of them were only on the lowest leaves. i had no clue what to do. i think he might of had a fungal infection so i looked into it and one site recommended spraying him with apple cider vinegar and water. so after a few months of no improvement, new soil, and better light, i sprayed him. he had began wilting pretty bad at this point and i was desperate.

to clarify he had not been watered since the other two stalks died and i put him in fast draining soil that all my other plants are in.

so after i sprayed him today i thought about it and now im nervous because some other websites said the acv will kill him. i put 3 tablespoons in about a pint of water and only sprayed about a quarter cup on him. im so stupid. im going to cry.

in the pictures, i moved him from the window he was in front of.

what do i do?!


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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jan 18, 2017 8:27 AM CST
Well the store owerwatered him.
Sounds like you did right thing , a little late for babies but Shrug!
Dont mist him. He needs to dry out. That trunk is a resevorvore of water.

In pot watering ? Id let him get very very dry before i watered him. If he is not rotten ! He will survive.
I'm not sure if there ment to be houseplants?
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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