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Horn5guy
Mar 12, 2017 5:54 AM CST
I bought an elephant ear of the Alocasia macrorrhizos variety 3 months ago. The wood-like "trunk" (for lack of the proper word) of the plant is 3.5 feet tall. There is some deterioration on the trunk, near the top, just below where the stems of the leaves begin. Upon delivery, it was only a small chunk/wedge cut out of the trunk. I assumed the movers had damaged the plant between my house and the store. In this three later the wedge has gotten larger, and leans. I also discovered small insects, not many, that may have contributed to the problem. I gotrid of the bugs today. Since the top is quite heavy, it will snap off if not supported. The leaves 6 leaves are well. A new leaf appeared two days after I bought it, and it is very large and healthy by now. Is there any way to fill and wrap the spot that has deteriorated? Or do I have very limited time with my beautiful plant?
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Christine
Mar 12, 2017 9:05 AM CST
The one thing that I see wrong is the pot size, you need a much bigger pot for that size EE, also it needs more sun. Other members will give you more advice.
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eclayne
Mar 12, 2017 11:10 AM CST

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The stem, or trunk, are proper terms for the underground rhizome when it's continues to grow above ground. If cut up into 4-6" pieces with an eye and the ends allowed to dry these can be planted and will sprout new plants. The rooted end can be left in the pot and should regrow as well.

Horn5guy said:Is there any way to fill and wrap the spot that has deteriorated?

No. I'm not aware of anything that won't create more harm than good.

Is the "chunk/wedge cut out of the trunk" soft or mushy?? In your first photo there is a dark shiny area on the top of the stem near the wedge. Is the stem oozing or is that something you applied. I would be concerned about rot. You should remove all rot from the damaged area and apply a copper based fungicide to control this bacterial rot. Cinnamon can help as well.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 12, 2017 1:10 PM CST
It looks like you have an Upright EE, an upright variety where the leaves stand straight up, tips pointing to the sky, first look tells me it needs water. Typically EE's love water. I have some growing right in water inside my pond. Have fun! Welcome!
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