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Colocasia antiquorum 'Illustris' in trouble

Posted by Eric55 5 (My Page) on
Mon, May 30, 05 at 15:49

Hi everyone,
Ive had this Colocasia antiquorum 'Illustris' for 9 months. It has grown nicely under an 800 watt grow light (October-March) and then a West-facing window for the past 2 months.

I am having a problem with drooping stems. Sometimes the stems fold over and then I have to cut off the stem. The photos show it all.

The plant is in good, rich soil and I keep it very moist. Sometimes there are drops of water coming from the leaf tips after I water the plant.

Can anyone tell me if I am giving it too much water or perhaps not enough food or light?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.


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RE: Colocasia antiquorum 'Illustris' in trouble

  • Posted by Josh z8a AL (My Page) on
    Mon, May 30, 05 at 22:29

Eric, during the winter months I sometimes experience this with this plant. It just gets east window light and I keep just moist, even letting it dry out just a bit between watering. (Always rather lose a leaf from underwatering than to risk root rot and lose whole plant). The new leaves get smaller and the older leaves droop. But it goes outside in shade in summer and loves the heat (in 80's now, later will be in 90's here). Sits in a deep saucer of water which sometimes dries out for a few hours, but I'd say it is kept very moist. And already lots of new larger deeper colored leaves on strong stems.

So are you using airconditioner? With moist soil may be feelng a bit chilly especially at night. Is there no possibility of putting outside for summer? Outside light even in shade is just so much brighter and that warm temp is just what's needed.

If you can't put outside I think I'd cut back on water a little, use no fertilizer, and place in warmest spot with good light. Then see how it goes.
Good luck...josh

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