Please help me with my Xanthosoma Lindenii (Angel Wings)!


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Hey guys, new to this community, been getting my fingers green this past half year. Have had my ups and downs , it's been an exciting journey but have had very frustrating experiences

Qué my Xanthosoma lindeni. This was my first extravagant plant purchase, and I got it at a steal with a diffenbachia for only £20!

It's been pretty good until the past month, where the leaves would start browning around the leaf tips and edges, been causing me some mighty stress!

I've kept it in the same pot and soil, and in this time it's produced a new leaf. I've got some growth coming out of the soil, but it hasn't necessarily grown!

I fill a bucket with warm water and let it sit for up to 24 hours before using it on my plants, about a once a week watering since the soil seems pretty peaty. (it's dark and heavy)
Aso have a Meaco 202 UV humidifier in the vicinity, aim for ~60% RH

I'm a little distraught! I really want to save this baby!

My first thought would be that the tap water is too hard, and some of my plants, despite aiming for good care, just don't do well (rex begonia, looking at you!)

So I was hoping some experienced people can give me insights in how to care for my Angels wings!
Thank you
 

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Welcome to the forums @Infoseeka :) Sorry, afraid I'm no expert on indoor plants, and spend most days outside in the gardens there.
All I can say about your plant is that I know it needs high humidity, and the browning on the leaf would seem as if it might be too dry. A few extra squirts with a sprayer may be advantageous.

I hope an indoor plant expert finds your post and soon rushes to your aid. I can only do the same as you and turn to good old google :shame:
 
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Welcome to the forums @Infoseeka :) Sorry, afraid I'm no expert on indoor plants, and spend most days outside in the gardens there.
All I can say about your plant is that I know it needs high humidity, and the browning on the leaf would seem as if it might be too dry. A few extra squirts with a sprayer may be advantageous.

I hope an indoor plant expert finds your post and soon rushes to your aid. I can only do the same as you and turn to good old google :shame:
Thanks for the reply friend!

Perhaps I ought to keep the humidifier on 24/7?
I don't have it on all the time. Maybe that's why it's struggling.

Funnily enough I just discovered another new leaf coming out!

I'm assuming once a leaf browns like that... That part will become dead and gone? It will never be the leaf it once was before right?

So what would my best course of action be if I control my humidity and water hardness (switch to distilled), and the brown stops growing?
Should I cut the leaves at one point?
Or should I just let it do its thing?

Much appreciated!!
 

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Infoseeka's reply had got stuck in the spam filter, I've just approved it :)
 
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Good! My feeling would be to remove the browned leaf, that's what I would do if it happened to my orchids. It's a bit unsightly as it is, and as you say, the brown part won't just disappear like magic will it :unsure:
It's a good job you have the patience with such a seemingly demanding plant, it would be a pain to me although it is so grand and elegant.
I wish you luck with it :)
 
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Haha thanks Tetters, I saw it and needed it in my life. Now it really bothers me seeing it struggle
 
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Hello Infoseeka, and welcome to the forum.

I have to admit. Sadly I don't know it all, and in your case I had I had to resort to my books. In short, according to my references. Your plant may have been incorrectly labelled. As,

Xanthosoma Lindenii (Angel Wings)! is not listed. However several plants are called, Angel Wings due to their shape.


May I suggest you check out. Zebra Plant. Best wishes.
 
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Hello Infoseeka, and welcome to the forum.

I have to admit. Sadly I don't know it all, and in your case I had I had to resort to my books. In short, according to my references. Your plant may have been incorrectly labelled. As,

Xanthosoma Lindenii (Angel Wings)! is not listed. However several plants are called, Angel Wings due to their shape.


May I suggest you check out. Zebra Plant. Best wishes.
I believe it goes by other names , caladium, and elephant ear comes to mind. But if I'm honest with you Mike, judging by the photos, I believe angel wings is a just name ;)

Funny you suggest zebra plant, but I do have an alocasia zebrina on the way!


I can report back that I've had no good luck with it the patient of interestso far.
I've repotted it, but it carried on being unhappy.
Today I pruned back the worst of the affected leaves, leaving only 4 behind. Hopefully this beauty bounces back

pics attached for update
 

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