Elephant Ear Leaves curling due to scorching, dehydration, soggy soils leading to root rot, over-fertilizing, low humidity, temperature stress, and pest attacks. Surprisingly, a smaller pot would stunt growth and make the leaves curl.
Considering this, what does it mean when plant leaves start to curl?
When leaves curl or ‘cup’ at the tips and the margins, the plant is trying to retain moisture. Any form of downwards curling usually indicates overwatering or overfeeding.
Keeping this in view, can you overwater elephant ears?
If your Elephant Ear plant gets too much water, it will let you know by “weeping” or dripping water from the tip of the leaf. INSTRUCTIONS FOR PLANTING FROM A BULB: Fill large container 3/4 of the way with rich, well-draining potting soil.
Should I mist my alocasia?
Alocasia plants grow best in high humidity. … You can also increase the humidity by placing a small humidifier near the plant or grouping plants together. Do not mist the plant; misting encourages plant diseases. The flowers of an alocasia plant are very small and inconsequential in comparison to the beautiful leaves.
The most common elephant ear plant disease is fungal leaf blight. It produces tiny round lesions on the ornamental leaves that may ooze fluid and turn purple or yellow when dry. When the fungus is in full bloom, there is also fuzzy growth. … Phyllosticta leaf spot is another very common problem in elephant ears.
To fix curling leaves from too much light, move your houseplant to a location that receives more appropriate light for the type of plant that you have. Also, get to know what acceptable light requirements are for your specific plant. There are many reasons why you may have curled leaves on indoor plants.
Curling leaves can be caused by many problems, including insect damage, disease, abiotic disorders, or even herbicides. There are several insect pests that cause leaves to curl when they suck plant juices of new or young leaves that are still growing. These include aphids, thrips, and whiteflies.
There is never a guarantee that your plant can bounce back from overwatering. If your plant is going to survive, you will see results within a week or so. At this point, you can move your plant back to its original location and resume watering it as normal.
Elephant ears can become huge plants with gigantic leaves. Many spread through underground runners, or stolons, and send up baby plants along the way. These babies can be separated from the parent plant and installed elsewhere.
After the foliage dies back or is killed by frost, you should either dig up or bring in the elephant ears. They can be stored in a cool, dry frost-free area as bare corms or in the container they were growing in. Keep them away from the furnace or other indoor heating, as they will dry out and die.
There are two types of elephant ears: alocasias and colocasias. Colocasias display their leaves with tip of the heart pointing down. They prefer full sun and consistent moisture. Alocasias hold the tip of their leaves out or upward and they prefer more well drained soil and a little shade.
Dark Spots – overwatering
- Symptom – dark brown or black spots on the leaves, surrounded by a yellowish rim.
- Cause – the soil has been drenched and caused a fungal disease, typically this is due to overwatering or not enough air circulation around the plant.
All elephant ear varieties are considered heavy-feeders, requiring rich, fertile, slightly acidic soil. Fertilize your plants once a month with a slow-release, water-soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer. Alternately, Burpee recommends top dressing with organic compost.