Xanthosoma albo marginata (Mickey Mouse)


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Hi, anyone here has the Xanthosama albo marginata as a houseplant? It seems to die out quite quickly and so far i've only managed to have 1 stalk at most. When a new stalk emerges, the existing stalk dies out. Is this the case with Xanthosama albo marginata in general? Thanks!
 
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Sounds like your mickey mouse taro is not getting enough oxygen from too wet of soil. Your container may be too large, Make sure your container has good drainage and use RO or filtered water only. Since they grow from bulbs you will only get so many stalks before the plant uses up its reserves. I hope that's not the case now. Keep you container small to limit the amount of water the plant gets.
 
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Sounds like your mickey mouse taro is not getting enough oxygen from too wet of soil. Your container may be too large, Make sure your container has good drainage and use RO or filtered water only. Since they grow from bulbs you will only get so many stalks before the plant uses up its reserves. I hope that's not the case now. Keep you container small to limit the amount of water the plant gets.

Hi oneeye, thanks for helping out once again! I usually only water it when the soil is almost completely dry and they are potted in quite well draining soil mix. As you can see from the pictures attached, the newer stalk emerged from the older one (slanted) and the older stalk is now dying and yellowing :( Somehow it can't seem to have 2 or more stalks alive at the same time.
 

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Those are not stems they are leaf slips. Your plant is doing quite well so just continue doing what you are doing . This unusually variegated plant has leaves which when first opening, its edges are a cream yellow, later turning white. Your Ok.
 
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Those are not stems they are leaf slips. Your plant is doing quite well so just continue doing what you are doing . This unusually variegated plant has leaves which when first opening, its edges are a cream yellow, later turning white. Your Ok.

Yap, thats right, the yellow leaf is actually a new one that came out and the one on the right is the older leaf, which is dying. Just curious why it can't sustain more then 2 leaves at once with 1 leaf dying when a new leaf is out.
 
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NOT enough light is your problem, they need a lot of sunlight just like Elephant ears. Elephant ears need bright sunlight when grown indoors, There is not enough light to sustain more than one leaf. You need more light. Thanks for the super question because I learned a lot.
 
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NOT enough light is your problem, they need a lot of sunlight just like Elephant ears. Elephant ears need bright sunlight when grown indoors, There is not enough light to sustain more than one leaf. You need more light. Thanks for the super question because I learned a lot.

Hmm, i see i see. Okay i will try to give it more light and see how it goes! Thanks again!
 
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NOT enough light is your problem, they need a lot of sunlight just like Elephant ears. Elephant ears need bright sunlight when grown indoors, There is not enough light to sustain more than one leaf. You need more light. Thanks for the super question because I learned a lot.
Thank you for all the information! I just came across this beautiful plant and I’m having trouble finding proper information about it!
when you say they need a lot of light is that direct or indirect sunlight? And can you propagate in water?
 
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Hi, anyone here has the Xanthosama albo marginata as a houseplant? It seems to die out quite quickly and so far i've only managed to have 1 stalk at most. When a new stalk emerges, the existing stalk dies out. Is this the case with Xanthosama albo marginata in general? Thanks!

Hi! I'm having the same issue with my mickey mouse Xantho. Can't seem to sustain more than 2 leaves at a time. Was wondering if there were any changes with your plant since last April?
 
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Sounds like your mickey mouse taro is not getting enough oxygen from too wet of soil. Your container may be too large, Make sure your container has good drainage and use RO or filtered water only. Since they grow from bulbs you will only get so many stalks before the plant uses up its reserves. I hope that's not the case now. Keep you container small to limit the amount of water the plant gets.
Im having the same problem!! I just got mine and it’s start to droop!!
 
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Im having the same problem!! I just got mine and it’s start to droop!!

same here!! The leaf is starting to yellow and starting to droop, i thought it was because of overwater, but surprisingly the new baby is coming out fast. So i have no idea what is going on here. I read all the previous posts and everyone has the same problem with their xanthosoma.
 

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Hi, same problem also with my Mickey Mouse. When a new leaf is sprouting, another leaf dies. Sadly, it could only sustain two leaves. I'll place it outside with lots of sun. Let's see if it works.
 

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