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my potted elephant ear is rotten and mushy

Posted by jean_mdc z 4/5 NY (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 11, 09 at 18:01


I live in NYS and brought my potted elephant ear into the 60 degree basement to overwinter it because I thought it was one of my upright elephant ears. About a month ago I brought it upstairs and started to water more frequently. Now part of the bulb is rotten and mushy but it is still blooming. Do I just throw it out or can I save it??

The leaves were turning yellow/green but I was examining it with my loupe looking more for disease and not thinking overwatering. My upright is doing fine and I probably have a dozen regular EE bulbs that I dug up in the fall and are in boxes in a cool part of the basement.

Should I pitch it? Is the increase in watering the cause?

Thank you !!!! Jean

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RE: my potted elephant ear is rotten and mushy

You should try to decrease watering, if it did fine with less water, theres not too much to loose.
Also if you cut dead tissue and sterilize you may help it to recover.
Good luck.

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