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Alocasia Polly (Elephant Ear plant) drooping 2 leaves turning yellow

January 10, 2019
last modified: January 10, 2019

Seeking advice! I'm completely new to this type of plant and reading online hasn't helped much. Would really appreciate some advice:

I picked up this Alocasia just over a month ago and it has seemed happy until this week... 2 of it's smaller, lower leaves started to droop and wouldn't prick up again with some water. New development this morning, both of the droopy leaves are going yellow :(


***before they turned yellow**:

I suspected it was thirsty since I read that's a major indicator for droopy leaves on this type of plant. I hadn't watered it since purchase so this was my first watering, didn't seem to help. (Using my soil moisture gauge it was still showing suitable moisture levels from time of purchase)

I assumed the watering would help (at all?) but it didn't.

No other signs of injury or stress on the plant... no visible pests, and I did dig around the soil for any suckers trying to hide.

Comments (4)

  • tsugajunkie z5 SE WI ♱

    Well, they do need more water than once a month. What kind of light and temps is/was it exposed to?


  • Gudang TropEq

    This fast growing plant not keep it's leaves for long. Leaves come n go rapidly. No problem with those drooping leaves. The problem is if it doesn't produce new leaves after a while.

  • Karen S. (7b, NYC)

    Pls see related conversation, let's see if I can provide a link to it:


  • Paul MI

    Looks like older leaves dying off. No biggie. However, these plants don't typically carry a lot of leaves per stem to begin with ... particularly when grown indoors. They like it hot and bright. Avoid direct, hot afternoon sun.

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