Stromanthe sanguinea 'Triostar' 8"
Stromanthe is a genus of flowering plants with normally colorful lance shaped or long ovate leaves. Whilst it most likely will not bloom indoors the leaves are impressive enough to grab attention. 'Triostar' has a maroon underside to the leaves and a green with cream variegation on the top and stems that have a pink tint depending on sunlight conditions.
- Humidity - high
- Light - part sun to part shade
- Soil - potting mix
- Watering - even moisture to dry to the touch, filtered water
Images are used for general reference only. The size and shape of each plant will vary. As will bloom state.
Light: Place the Stromanthe in medium to bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as harsh rays may cause leaf burn. A northern or eastern facing window typically works well.
Water: Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Use a well-draining soil and allow only the top 10-15% of soil to go slightly dry before watering thoroughly during the growing season. Reduce watering slightly in the winter months. Over-watering can cause yellowing leaves, and under-watering will cause the leaves to curl inward and eventually brown, beginning at the edges.
Environment: Stromanthe need warm, humid conditions to keep leaves looking healthy. While misting year round can be beneficial, during winter, place your plant on a wet pebble tray or near a humidifier in addition to misting. Low humidity causes the leaves to turn brown and become crispy on the edges. Avoid placing near drafts, radiators, and AC units.
Toxicity: Reported to be non-toxic
- Use a light soil that retains moisture but drains well. A peat-based potting soil is a good choice for a Stromanthe. An all-purpose potting soil will suffice.
- Stromanthe does well in shallow containers. Be sure a Stromanthe has outgrown the existing pot before moving it to a larger one; this helps prevent over-watering and root rot.
- Add an all-purpose, water soluble fertilizer to a Stromanthe every 2–4 weeks while the plant is actively growing, usually from early spring to the end of fall.
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