Ask a Question forum: Alocasia "African Mask" Plant - Stem Falling Over

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Name: Cara Kinsey
San Francisco CA
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clkinsey
May 30, 2018 7:03 PM CST
Hello! I bought this plant at the beginning of May and have been watering it once a week (probably too much now that I am reading some other posts). It's in a pretty bright spot in my living room but not directly in the sun, pretty warm though.

I just noticed today that one of the leaves has fallen over. The base of the stem is a little soft but the other stem seems to be just fine...any thoughts on what I can do to make this little guy better? I hope this is not root rot!!

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jun 1, 2018 1:20 PM CST
It looks like the base of the stem with the wilted leaf is rotting and you will probably lose that stem entirely.

I suspect that the roots may be rotting. The pot is quite large for the size of the plant and it does not appear that the pot allows for excess water to drain out. Those are conditions that increase the probability of inadvertent overwatering.

Keep your Alocasia as close to a window as possible but away from the direct rays of the sun falling on the leaves. Allow the top 1 to 1.5 inches of soil to dry before adding a limited amount of water. This plant can survive some drought, but not constantly damp soil.
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