Stromanthe Plant Features
Stromanthe is a strikingly beautiful houseplant that never fails to catch the eye. It has an exotic look with its dark green leaves that are delightfully variegated with streaks of pink and cream. As if that's not enough, the backsides of the leaves are a lovely shade of pinkish-purple.
As a young plant, stromanthe is an eye-catching addition to a coffee table or side table (or desk in the office). As it grows (slowly -- very slowly!) becomes larger and better suited to use as a floor plant.
Accent stromanthe's colorful foliage with an interesting container. A dark brown or black container, for example, can help to highlight the exotic variegation. Or use a purple container to accent the color of the undersides of the leaves.
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Stromanthe Growing Instructions
Grow stromanthe in a medium or bright spot indoors. The more light it gets, the better the variegation will show. In hot-summer climates, it's helpful to give it a little protection from direct sun in the afternoon hours to prevent sunburn.
Water stromanthe regularly -- when the soil surface just starts to dry. Take care not to let stromanthe dry out.
Fertilize stromanthe, if you wish, during the spring and summer months. This exotic houseplant grows faster when fed, but doesn't require it to put on a show in your home or office.
Like many tropical indoor plants, stromanthe likes above-average humidity. In especially dry air, the leaf edges or leaf tips may turn brown. Remedy this by supplying the plant with more humidity. It's also helpful to keep stromanthe away from drafts of hot or cold air.
Stromanthe is not intended for consumption by humans or animals.
Stromanthe also makes a beautiful summer annual for shaded deck or patio planters. And in frost-free climates such as South Florida, it's a lovely evergreen perennial for shaded pots or gardens.
Indoors: High light
Indoors: Medium light
Constantly moist soil
Purifies the air
Complement your Stromanthe with these varieties:
Upright dracaenas make a fun partner for colorful stromanthe.
Outdoors in container gardens, New Guinea impatiens are a shade-loving favorite to accent stromanthe's tropical foliage.