The Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Triostar’ isn’t a plant you easily miss in the local plant shop. Few can compete with its glossy leaves that look like they’ve each been carefully hand painted. As part of the prayer plant family (Marantaceae), it has a mechanism (the pulvinus) that allows the leaves to turn towards and away from the sun. This is why you may notice its leaves close up later in the day. The reason for this is to protect itself against the sun.
Native to the rain forests of Brazil, this plant thrives in warm temps and high humidity. In its natural environment the stromanthe’s stems can reach heights of 5 feet! Fear not, though, as it will only grow to about 24 inches in a container. This plant is a real stunner and needs plenty of space to spread out those oh-so-pretty leaves. The oblong leaves will typically grow to be between 6 and 12 inches in length. Each leaf boasts a striking combination of deep greens, cream, and pinks.
When grown indoors, the stromanthe needs to be potted in well-draining soil. It prefers bright, indirect light and is fast growing during the growth season. During its growth season (spring and summer) keep the potting soil moist, watering once the top inch of soil has dried out. With that in mind, make sure it is in a pot that allows for sufficient draining, as it doesn’t want wet soil. In its rest season (fall and winter) water the stromanthe less frequently.
Because this plant is native to a tropical climate, high humidity is an important factor to its survival. To ensure it doesn’t dry out from the dry air in most homes, mist this plant daily or install a room humidifier near by. If possible, you can also place the potted stromanthe on a tray of wet pebbles, as this helps retain humidity.
Happy indoor planting!
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