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Dear Mr. Expert,
they have just given me a plant
which, I think, is a Colocasia (please, from
some part a photo to make sure it's right
I keep it in the bathroom where there is always light but never the sun
direct and every 4/5 days I put water in the saucer.
"She" has just given me a beautiful new leaf
(which is already higher than the others) and a straight "thing"
which I think will become a flower.
I noticed, however, that here and there it has little spots
white that at first seemed small to me
molds that look better on small animals
with lots of paws and a little longer tail (?).
There are some everywhere, concentrated above all in the
part of the stem near the earth.
For now I clean it daily with a wet sponge
but I don't know if it's enough.
I guess they're parasites. They are dangerous? What should I do?
As you may have guessed, this is my first plant and I am there
i'm fond of.
If possible I would like to treat it with natural products.
Thank you for contacting us about the Colocasia question.
The COLOCASIA or Elephant Ear belongs to the Araceae family,
plants of tropical origin that require a warm growing environment,
moist and with non-direct illumination of sunlight.
The plant resembles a Potos that generates a Spatifillum type flower.
The leaves resemble an elephant's ear in shape and size,
they are equipped with soft stems that intertwine and go into the ground.
Requires temperatures of 18-24 ° C and areas sheltered from the wind so as not to
break the delicate stems.
The soil must be fertile, soft and rich in organic substance.
They tolerate damp environments and are sensitive to water stagnation.
The fertilizations must be done regularly with formulations for plants
nitrogen-rich tropical plants.
The pots can be taken outdoors in the summer and then brought back to the
inside the house before the winter colds.
It propagates by cutting the tuberous root, or through the stolons that
they are formed.
The description of white-tailed insects may suggest that we are in
presence of cottony or metcalfa aphids that live on feeding sap.
To fight them we recommend specific treatments with an insecticide
spray (feni L) to be used according to the methods indicated on the label.