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dmwade
Oregon, WI
(Zone 4b)

June 26, 2010
8:46 AM

Post #7921979

I need help with my Alocasia Amazonica, African Mask. The leaves are drying in spots, often yellow ringed. I have the plant on a stand near but not in an east facing window. I water it weekly and mist it occasionally. Is it too dry, not enough light or what.
dee

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Seaecho
Phelan, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 12, 2010
5:43 PM

Post #8036354

I don't know a whole lot about these plants (I've only tried one) except that they are notoriously hard to grow. They are not happy in most households. They need a greenhouse with carefully controlled humidity. Most houses are much too dry for them. I adore them and think they are beautiful, but alas, they seem to be only for experts with an expert setup.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 13, 2010
12:48 PM

Post #8037862

I have this plant and it does require very bright light and continuously moist but not soggy soil. Mine goes dormant in the winter months and re-appears in spring. The Exotic Rainforest site has in depth information on this plant. If you scroll down almost to the very bottom of this page it gives cultural information: http://www.exoticrainforest.com/Alocasia micholitziana pc.html
kniphofia
Morpeth
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

June 16, 2011
4:53 AM

Post #8633652

I've had one for several years and it's pretty easy going. Not too difficult to keep happy. They will occasionally lose a leaf which is normal.

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

June 22, 2011
4:52 AM

Post #8646333

I'd try placing the plant on a pebble tray, they enjoy some humidity. I overwinter mine in the bathroom, and I do keep it on a pebble tray.

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