Houseplants forum: Help with Elephant ear?

Views: 697, Replies: 8 » Jump to the end

CactiandCrochet
Aug 11, 2017 5:27 PM CST
Hi all, recently purchases an elephant eat plant (not sure the specific variety though) about a fortnight ago. It was in our living room, which doesn't get much light so I moved it to the balcony where we get a few good hours morning sun.

Before I moved it, a few days after bringing it home, it started to look really sad and like someone had crushed the leaves up. Theres a part at the bottom left of the big leaf thats turning translucent. What did I do wrong?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.


Thumb of 2017-08-11/CactiandCrochet/be3755

Los Angeles
Image
krystenr1
Aug 11, 2017 7:00 PM CST
Looks like it might be from overwatering. I would also repot it soon, it looks like it has outgrown this pot.

CactiandCrochet
Aug 11, 2017 7:57 PM CST
krystenr1 said:Looks like it might be from overwatering. I would also repot it soon, it looks like it has outgrown this pot.


Thank you for your reply!
I just noticed that the browny bit on the leaf shows in a photo from the day I brought it home, so I feel a little better that I didn't singlehandedly ruin it lol, shall repot it asap.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Mid-Atlantic Composter Region: Maryland Birds
Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: United States of America
Image
sallyg
Aug 12, 2017 7:11 AM CST
I have experience with them as outdoor plants in full sun and part sun. Those seem to never suffer from 'too much water' but I do wonder how those roots like the tiny pot.
Mostly they want to keep on growing but with low light it could be slow and leaves get small.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
Image
WillC
Aug 12, 2017 7:35 AM CST
This is a very large Alocasia that will be difficult to manage indoors unless you have a sunny north or east facing window where you can locate it. (It is a tropical plant so it cannot survive outside winter temps in most locations.) In reduced light, new growth will be weak and spindly and the large leaves will start to flop over. This plant is often sold in much smaller table sizes for use indoors.

As long as there is enough soil to keep the roots moist for several days, I don't think repotting is necessary and repotting will not "fix" anything. It appears that your Alocasia has had some physical damage from rough handling - probably before you got it. It also looks like it has not been in very good light and that is why it does not have many leaves.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

CactiandCrochet
Aug 12, 2017 4:03 PM CST
WillC said:This is a very large Alocasia that will be difficult to manage indoors unless you have a sunny north or east facing window where you can locate it. (It is a tropical plant so it cannot survive outside winter temps in most locations.) In reduced light, new growth will be weak and spindly and the large leaves will start to flop over. This plant is often sold in much smaller table sizes for use indoors.

As long as there is enough soil to keep the roots moist for several days, I don't think repotting is necessary and repotting will not "fix" anything. It appears that your Alocasia has had some physical damage from rough handling - probably before you got it. It also looks like it has not been in very good light and that is why it does not have many leaves.

Hi! Thanks for your input Smiling we live in a sub-tropical area (in Aus) and it's been a super warm winter. Our balcony, where it's staying now is east facing and gets great sun in the a.m.
I picked it up at a local nursery, they were closing down and my husband spotted a great palm in the indoor area that he wanted and the elephant ear plants were tucked in a corner in the back. Would you believe this was the best of three plants lol.
Hopefully I can get it better, it's such a beauty Lovey dubby
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
purpleinopp
Aug 13, 2017 6:57 AM CST
With any bulb plant, the leaves are ephemeral, and sometimes seasonal, depending on conditions. If it is a type that develops a huge bulb, it will eventually need sufficient space to do so, if huge leaves are your goal. Huge leaves require a huge bulb. Some need more sun than others. It's not Colocasia esculenta, but that is a type of EE that makes bigger leaves where I am in the shade, for example. If you are unsure the exact type you have, there is a Plant ID forum here. If you can find its' specific ID, you can know everything about it, including whether or not it is ground hardy in your location.
👀😁😂 - SMILE! -☺😎☻☮👌✌∞☯🐣🐦🐔🐝🍯🐾
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
👒🎄👣🏡🍃🍂🌾🌿🍁❦❧ 🍃🍁🍂🌾🌻🌸🌼🌹🌽❀☀🌺
☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Aroids Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tropicals Vermiculture
Foliage Fan Bulbs Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Composter Plant Database Moderator
Image
eclayne
Aug 24, 2017 5:32 PM CST

Plants Admin Emeritus

I'm having trouble understanding the size of your plant. Knowing the height of the pot would help.
Evan
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Cat Lover Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Region: California Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Composter Cactus and Succulents Dragonflies Hummingbirder Amaryllis Container Gardener
Image
tarev
Aug 24, 2017 7:06 PM CST
Hello CactiandCrochet, I think your plant is adjusting with the temperature change. You mentioned it is a warm winter, but what exactly is the outdoor temperature at the time of transport to your place? EE's are happiest when it is sustained warm and good humidity. Like sustained 70F and higher.(21C and higher) and overnight lows above 50F (10C). Sometimes the effect of that cold issue comes in delayed, thus showing on the leaves.

I would give your plant some time to adjust from the growing conditions. I would wait for Spring if you intend to repot.

Just be mindful of watering right now, when conditons are colder than what it likes, it will be prone to overwatering since the soil is holding water longer.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Houseplants forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by greenappleagnes and is called "Carpenter Bees and Ginger"