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Posted 7M ago by @babyfiretiger13

Alocasia Polly potted in sphagnum moss? 🧐🧐🧐
I received my #AlocasiaPolly exactly one week ago from the sill. For one week, I would peel back some of the sphagnum moss I thought was a soil topper and poke inside with my moisture meter to check if the soil was moist, until today I finally decided to see what was in there.

So it actually turns out the whole thing is planted in sphagnum moss, not soil. I watered it until water came out of the bottom as I do with soil. I’ve never had this as a potting medium so I need some tips on how to check to see when to water it etc. Or even if I should repot it in some real soil and how to do so.

The bottom lower leaf is turning yellow, so I’m not sure if that’s from improper soil moisture, a mature leaf dying off or something else? 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

Also…. there was one solo light brown/red bug with a round body hanging out from under the pot. I sprayed the leaves and wiped them down with neem oil and sprayed the bottom of the pot too. It didn’t look like a spider mite and I saw no others or signs of webs so I’m not sure what it could be.

Any tips and/or helpful comments welcome! Thanks so much 😊

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0ft to light, indirect
5” pot with drainage
Last watered 5 months ago
Spaghnum moss? That's interesting. Regardless, your Polly will probably lose a leaf (or two or nine) while it's acclimating. I have a few Hoyas and a few other plants in sphagnum moss and I water it as I would soil, it just dries faster.
Yellowing lower leaves is normal. I’ve never seen a Polly in moss but hey 🤷🏽‍♀️. It should be fine like that for a bit though. I have seen a lot of companies sell their plants moss ball root type things but usually the customers pot in soil after it’s acclimated
@sarahsalith that’s what I figured with the leaves but was checking for moist soil with my moisture meter and it always read wet until I uncovered it and it was actually a little dry. It will be a learning curve that’s for sure!
@jcPlantProper okay 👍🏼 that’s what I figured but wasn’t checking the “soil” accurately. How long do you think it will be okay in the moss? And I noticed there are actually two plants together or that’s what it looks like at least. I might try to separate them as I like the look of Polly’s with a few leaves. I’m just so afraid to do anything with this plant as people have me scared this plant will die with any sudden movement! 😱
@melodey it does look that way! It was a pot shaped mass of moss!
@babyfiretiger13 it is a finicky plant. Honestly I’d give it a week or two and then repot it in soil. Unless you think it looks cool in that ball😅
@jcPlantProper it’s actually in a 5-6 inch pot inside a bigger ceramic pot (I like the look 🤷🏻‍♀️) I’m gonna give it a couple more weeks and repot, unless I can figure it out lol I just have a rhythm with soil checking so just the thought of dealing with the moss is throwing me off! Plus I saw a tiny reddish round bug at the bottom of the pot so I need to investigate that as well! Thanks for everything! You’re awesome! ☺️
I ordered a baby one from an etsy shop and it dropped all leaves. No moss but it was wrapped in a biodegradable mesh that kept the soil super wet and the seller said not to remove. I'm waiting to see if it will revive but I think it's a goner. 😔

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