2021 Stromanthe Care Guide
The stromanthe care is quite simple, so keep reading to grow your knowledge – and your plant!
The stromanthe is a beautiful eye-catching plant native to the rainforests of Brazil. The Stromanthe Triostar has beautiful pointed green leaves colored with pale green, cream, and pink on top while the bottom is colored with a deep pink or magenta, while the Stromanthe Sanguinea is marked by lighter green and white veins on the deep green leaves.
This beautiful plant is in the same family as the Prayer Plant and will fold up its leaves in the evening. The more light this gorgeous gal receives, the more variegation will show on its leaves.
Like 90% of all plants, Stromanthe like to have their soil moist, but not saturated. Water when the top inch is dry, which you can find out by using a moisture meter or poking your finger into the dirt up to your first knuckle.
Light and humidity
Stromanthe are a tropical rainforest plant, so they prefer a more humid environment – not enough humidity can lead to browned leaves. You can add humidity by misting the plant, placing a humidifier nearby, or putting a tray of rocks and water underneath the plant’s pot. These plants want bright, indirect light. They also prefer a warmer spot in your home, so make sure it is not in an area where it will be hit by drafts or AC.
Soil and fertilizer
Keep the Stromanthe in clean, well-draining soil. Since they prefer to be slightly moist, it is imperative that the soil drains well, otherwise it can lead to root rot. Fertilize in spring and summer, but it is not a requirement for continued growth.
Cleaning and pruning
Clean the leaves of your Stromanthe with a soft, damp cloth to rid it of dirt and dust.
You can separate a piece of the Stromanthe from the main plant and place in its own container. For an added boost, take the roots and dip them in a hormone rooting powder.
Stromanthe Triostars are slowwww growers, so don’t worry about repotting frequently. Once the plant starts to outgrow its pot, you can uproot it and place it in a pot 1-2” larger than the previous one.
Try to repot during the spring or summer, during the growing season. You can tell it needs to be repotted when water start running straight through it when you water – this means that it is rootbound and there is very little dirt left!
Gently extract the plant from its current container and then put it in one 1-3” larger in diameter. Add more dirt, and you are set!
Be sure to turn your plant every 7-10 days, as it is always reaching for the sun. Turning it will encourage steady, even growth. This plant is non-toxic to pets, but always keep an eye out if your pet starts munching on plants. The Stromanthe Triostar will be the center of attention in any room, so be sure to put it in a pot that matches its beauty.
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