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Weepy Elephant Ear

Discussion in 'Lawns & Landscaping' started by Broke Down Ranch, Dec 2, 2009.

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    Broke Down Ranch

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    So, I have a couple elephant ears that seem to weep. As in, the leaves are putting off moisture almost to the point of being covered in dew. Is this a reaction to being freshly watered?
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    injunjoe

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    That is cool they way they collect water like they do.

    Have you seen how a huge drop of water will collect together on the bigger leaves? It is awesome! Then a lizard will come drink from it!
    It just don't get much better!

    Joe
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    Broke Down Ranch

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    Thanks guys! Ron, I think you hit the nail on the head. I just noticed my diffenbachia is doing this also! Very cool to see...

    I think the split leaf philodendron you might be referring to is the "monstera deliciosa"

    http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Araceae/Monstera_deliciosa.html



    I picked a huge one up a couple weeks ago at Wallyworld. They were clearanced so I felt I couldn't refuse..... :)
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    my heart-leafed philodendron drips water from the tip of its heart.
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    My pothos cries.

    In the office where i used to work, there was a very large pothos plant that would cry regularly. The office 'plant guy' told us that means it's happy. :D

    It's interesting to me. Maybe i read it wrong. The article Ron linked to says it happens in low humidity? We never have low humidity here, but i've seen the tears quite a few times.
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    I love those! They're so gorgeous!
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    injunjoe

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    Did this office have AC?

    The air conditioner cools the air by removing water from the air!
    That would induce guttation. Hey cool, I got to use a new word today!

    Joe
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    Yes, the office has a/c (this is Texas ;) ), and the one in my house is by the drafty window, so maybe that explains its condition too.
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    So if this guttation happens during low humidity does that mean I should mist them? Our main source of heat is a fireplace which does indeed rob the humidity from the air.

    Or should I just not worry that much over them and just enjoy this natural phenomena? I find it very cool to see "dew" on them in the mornings when I greet them good morning....but if they are doing this as a sign of stress then I would prefer to make them happy.

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