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Alocasia cucullata CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ! Small leaves & frequents Mealy bugs and spiders

#1 User is offline   raintree 

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

This plant is pahtetic to say the elast.

It has refused to grow big leaves but stunted leaves attacked frequently by Mealy bugs ans spiders.

Tried Wite Petroleum and Malathion.

Apart from getting rid with insecticides and pesticies CAN ANYONE PLEASE ADVISE HOW TO MAKE THE PLANT GOW NORMAL BIG LEAVES of 8 to 11 inches instead of stunted small leaves.

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Its growing environment :
1) In the balcony where morning sunlight shines diagonally at the other coner for 4 to 5 hours.

2) No strong wind but continous breeze from the South

3) Soil is a mix of compst and Indonesian Burnt earth.

4)Water drains well.

5) Earth is kep moist all the time.


Have had it for almost 9 months

Thank you very much.

This post has been edited by raintree: 24 January 2013 - 05:49 PM

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

Is your sunlight direct sun or indirect sun light? I believe this plant can tolerate only partial shade meaning half shade. In a balcony is full shade by definition.
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:49 PM

Leaves of this species just do not get large .
Choose another species if you want big leaves .
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:48 PM

This is what I would do.

1 Repot the plant/s using top soil+a good amount of compost. Use more compost than soil. Discard the rotted plant.

2 Feed with a good foliage fertilizer after about 2 weeks to allow roots to heal and settle.

3 Keep well watered after applying fert and keep moist. If you don't water well after fert application they will rot.

4 Give it a fair amount of sunlight and continue to rid of the pests.
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:52 PM

Re-pot the plants and a good amount of compost would do.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:25 PM

Agree with all of the above.
Most importantly, the species that you have will not grow big leaves.
Pot size and fertilizing are a must have for a plant to reach almost full potential.
If the plant doesn't get rained on or you do not spray on the leaves when you water, then it has a high tendency to get pests like mealy bugs.
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