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Posted 1M ago by @Olga

Need your help with watering and spots on Alocasis Regal ...

Hello, I bought this alocasia Refal Shields month ago, I was very watered so during this time I watered it only once. I noticed that some leaves started drooping down and the leaves are very soft (feeling softer than usual), with the edges curving and some white spots on some leaves. I used moisture meter and it says the soils is moist. So I am confused if I am overwatering or underwatering the plant. The very top soil is dry.
Also, should I mist it? Or better not? People say different.
Thank you! #AlocasiaAddicts #Alocasia #alocasia
It looks underwatered and losing its color. But your details are confusing. Did you receive it and it was soo wet that you decided to only water it once in the first month? How often have you watered it since it’s first watering? It could also be a fungus infection. Wet soil but dry top with white spots sounds like a fungus infection.
I’m use a moisture meter to test the soil and I water when the soil is pretty completely dry. I don’t mist my big Alocasia and it’s settled into ambient conditions. Your plant is very pretty!
@Olga
1M ago
@PlantJedi thank you for your answer! Yes, when I bought it the soil was so wet that I decided not to water it until the first inch is dry. Then after the top soil was dry I watered it. And after a couple of days one leaf dropped down. I asked a friend and he said he thought the reason was overwatering. I waited several days and the leaf went back to normal. But became more ‘curvy’. But couple other leaves drooped down a bit (like on the picture). I replanted the alocasia today in a bigger clay pot instead of plastic and checked the root system. It is totally fine. The down soil is moist.
So I am confused with the alocasia watering preferences 🙈
Some people say ‘keep the soil dry but mist the leaves often’. Some say the opposite - to not let it dry out and not mist.
@Olga
1M ago
@debbiedo thank you Debbie! So you wait till the whole soils is dry? Or just the top layer? And it doesn’t give dry leaf ends if you wait till the whole soil almost dries out?
@Olga Ohhh yeah it’s a fungus. Her behavior is up and down but water is up and down. Happy Alocasias soo what they call guttation. When unhealthy that process doesn’t happen… soo she’s unhealthy secretly somewhere. I’d start with fungus treatment. Product I shared works great with these issues.

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@Olga
1M ago
@PlantJedi ok, thank you. So should I just add this product to water when watering?
@Olga no, you spray that on the leaves and soil. Not at the same time when you water. I see white spots on the stem and midrib… looks like it’s infected.
@Olga
1M ago
@PlantJedi thank you!
@Olga I’d look into changing her into a pot with drainage as well. Unless you have a good charcoal and pebble base at the bottom of the pot.
@Olga I wait until the whole soil has a pretty well dry or the leaves start to droop (which is usually around the same time. I do find these to be a little finicky so don’t be surprised if there’s some transplant shock. 💚
Mine is being a diva. They’re waking up and these babies are all water. Sometimes, they need a few hours outside once a month with a shower. They don’t do well away from bright indirect sunlight so keep that in mind. Once you put a light above it and keep the soil damp but not wet, it’ll perk up. The pinholes look like gnats so try to get blue sticky traps to catch the gnats. Mine goes through this every so often when it’s not getting enough light due to weather changes but once it does, along with some treatment, it goes away.
@Olga
4w ago
@PlantJedi yes, I did a pebble base in the new pot, thank you!
@Olga
4w ago
@debbiedo got it, I’ll try to do so. Don’t the leave edges dry though with this water routine?
@Olga
4w ago
@AnthuriumQueen yes, I sprayed it with need oil mixture, I think there were some parasites. Thank you for the advices!
@Olga No, my leaf ends don’t get dry!