How to Care for Stromanthe Houseplants
Stromanthe plants are truly wonderful plants that are famous and known for having beautiful variegated leaves. They are one of the best plants to keep in your home if you want to have a few tropical vibes inside your house.
These plants belong to the Marantaceae family of the Plantae kingdom. These plants are a close relative of the prayer plant because they are known to also close their leaves during night time which is similar to the palm of someone praying.
The stromanthe plant is native to the tropical portions of the Americas from Mexico to Trinidad to northern Argentina. They can reach the height of up to 3 ft tall and 3 ft wide. They have a medium speed growth rate and can live up to 10 years.
This Tricolored plant can be successfully grown as long as you are giving it the right amount of its needs and love that it deserves. To give you some tips on how to properly care for the stromanthe plant.
1. For Sunlight
Stromanthe Plants need bright indirect light. Put it by a window that gets consistent indirect bright light. A North or South Facing window is best.
Stromanthe plants like having their soil slightly moist. In the summer months, you can water the Stromanthe about once a week or so. the winter that would change closer to once every 2 weeks. It is important you don't overwater the Stromanthe because it can develop root rot quickly. The plant also does not like the soil to be totally dry before watering.
Stromanthe likes soil that is well-draining and is always moist but not too soggy. Letting them sit in moist soil for a very long time may cause it to have root rot. It is recommended that you allow the top inch of the soil to dry before watering.
If you are comfortable so is your Stromanthe. We have found them to be happiest between 55-80F. They are not too picky with temperature.
A once a month feeding of standard houseplant fertilizer diluted to half its strength and it’s best to do it during spring and summertime. Make sure that they are not overfed as well for doing this may cause some problems.
One way of propagating the stromanthe is by pulling the main plant from its soil and gently removing rhizomes from the roots but you have to ensure that there are at least two to three leaves. After getting the clump, you can plant it directly on a pot with soil or let it sit in a jar full of water and wait for the roots to grow and mature.
It is good to give this plant a repotting once every few years especially when you see the roots of the plant coming out of its drainage holes. If that happens it’s better to get a pot that is 2 inches larger than their previous pot.
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