Posted 1M ago by @itslucymg

My Alocasia is yellowing
Does anyone know what’s wrong with my alocasia?? She stopped growing a while back and now it’s leaves are yellowing one by one (this is the second one, the other one I threw it out already).
10ft to light, indirect
4” pot with drainage
Last watered 6 days ago
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Based off how far you have it from light I think you need to move it closer to a window, and possibly water it less as well. When plants get less light they drop leaves, and you raise the risk of overwatering as well. Both things will cause this yellowing and loss of leaves. You may want to check your roots for rot and remove any black or squishy parts, and repot in new soil.
@itslucymg it looks overwatered to me.

The most common cause of yellowing leaves among Alocasia plants is improper soil moisture–in particular, overwatering. Your Alocasia likes to be kept damp (but not wet or saturated!), so keeping a regular watering schedule is key. You'll want to water your Alocasia when 25-50% of the soil volume is dry.

Soggy Soil – Look for soil that remains wet for many days after watering. If the soil still feels very wet 5-7 days after watering, then your plant is at high risk of overwatering, resulting in a drooping and unhappy Alocasia.

Alocasias need bright, but indirect light. This is due to the plant's natural habitat, on the forest floor beneath the tree canopy. Direct sun will cause the leaves to burn, so avoid placing your Alocasia in a spot where it'll be exposed to direct sun for a prolonged period.
Is this the oldest leaf?
Does it hav healthy leaves still?
Welcome to the wild and wonderful world of attempting to please an #Alocasia πŸ™„

If you click on that link, it'll take you to a community of folks who are attempting to live with that plant in peace. Some folks are doing great! Other folks, like me, have put that plant on a #NeverAgain list.

It took me two years to find my alocasia Polly's happy spot and happy pot (and then I saw spidermites on it last month-- but that's another story).

My plant is in bright, direct light now. I found that I finally started growing leaves and not dropping leaves when it was in the windowsill of an east-facing window. I also had it in a plastic pot to retain more moisture.

I went from seven leaves and two stems when I got it to one nub and one leaf at its lowest point.

Once I found its happy spot, it got better.

I agree with @starfirejem - get it some more light. Water it when the soil starts to dry about an inch or so from the top. Keep an eye out for bugs. And be patient.

As long as the soil is not too wet, leave it undisturbed. There are croms in the soil (like alocasia bulbs) and they can produce new life if given the right care.

Don't give up yet. (: 🌱 We're rooting for y'all!!
@RJG as of now, it is
@Sleepysunday the other leave looks healthy
@starfirejem thank you! I followed your advise and I moved it closer to the window. I will check for root rot ASAP πŸ˜‹
@KikiGoldblatt I think so too, the funny thing is that I was trying to water less but then I noticed that the soil was drying too quickly so I increased the waterings. I guess it was too much πŸ˜…
@itslucymg it's not uncommon for alocasia to retire the oldest leaf when they're about to grow!

As long as you don't see yellowing like this on new leaves I wouldn't be too concerned. That leaf has done its job and now it's letting the younger leaves take over!
@RJG that’s what I thought when the first leave turned yellow. But that was two weeks ago and now another leave is turning yellow. I hope it’s nothing, but in the meantime I’m going to check the soil, in case I overwatered it.
@sarahsalith wow thanks for the hashtag! I’m newish here and still learning the apps books and crannies 😊 my alocasia has given me trouble too but I have managed to always bring it back to life! I hope this time I do too 🫢🏽
@itslucymg sounds like a plan!

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