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Name: Ashley
Seattle, WA
Apr 16, 2018 10:16 PM CST
Hello! Anyone know what caused the spots on this Madagascar Jewel? It appears to be the worst on the top 3 leaves. I just rescued this plant from someone who is moving and cannot take it with. All I know about its history is that it was repotted within the last year, and it's been sitting outside in the typical Seattle rain for 3 days now 😫 I'm pretty sure the leaf damage was there before it's time outdoors but I know that didn't help its case! Thanks for helping out this first-jewel-er!
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Apr 17, 2018 9:09 AM CST
Howdy Ashley 👍😀
Your witty, and crazy as me.👍.
You first-time-jewel-er. Rolling on the floor laughing 👍👍.

Probably a combination of not enough sun, improper soil, and maybe ? A bit overwatered, due to soil doesn't drain well.

If that pot doesn't have a drain hole, get her out and leave her sit out, so her roots can dry some, AND ! get some air. Don't want no root rot.😞

It is best to get her into an unglazed clay pot, with, of course, drain hole.
Get her, some catus soil and perlite. You'll want to mix them to equal parts. Just barely moisten mix to repot.
If she's rootbound, scuff up rootball.
After repoting, don't water her for at least a week.
When done ! Slowly !!! Introduce her to more light.

She'll start to wilt a bit, when she needs water. Use that to get a baseline, of often to water her.

There's your assignment.
Know, !!! Get to work. Rolling on the floor laughing


Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Apr 17, 2018 9:16 AM CST
Your Madagascar Palm (Pachypodium lamerei) is native to arid regions quite unlike Seattle! I don't recommend keeping it outside in damp weather. It does best indoors on a sunny windowsill and watered thoroughly no more than once per week.

In nature where it gets very dry in winter, it sheds all its leaves to better survive the winter seasonal drought. New leaves return when spring rains return. As a potted plant, it will retain its leaves year round as long as the soil is not allowed to dry out for an extended period of time.

Already discolored leaves will remain that way, but new leaves should be fine.
Will Creed
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Apr 17, 2018 10:25 AM CST
The plant is a Euphorbia, not a Pachypodium. The Pachypodium has a round trunk without ribs which is much fatter. Euphorbia leuconeura is from tropical Madagascar.

Do not leave it out in the rain unless the soil is dry. Too much water (especially if the soil is rich and not fairly rocky) can lead to rot. I water my plants twice a week but they are out in the sun. You would probably water once a week or less often if the plant is indoors. The plant is most active in summer and will enjoy the most water at that time. Provide very strong light so it does not stretch out. Ideally an outdoor location with overhead protection will allow the plant to get strong light without getting too wet at the wrong times. I don't know if the leaves are healthy or not (those little dots don't ring a bell) but they will be replaced in due time, so keep an eye on the new ones when they come out.

I would not repot at this time.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Apr 17, 2018 1:13 PM CST
Are you sure there wasn't a little hail with that rain? That's what some of my plants look like after a rare hail event.

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