The Stromanthe is a heavily variegated tropical plant native to Brazil. The plant's leaves can be variegated in shades of red, white, pink, and green with a purple underside. The Stromanthe is in the same family as the Prayer plant as its leaves will fold up in low light. Learning how to grow a Stromanthe is not complicated, but you must commit to providing regular humidity.
Place a Stromanthe plant in bright, indirect light but no direct sun, a north or east facing window is best. Do not place in direct sunlight as this will burn the leaves.
A Stromanthe plant likes to be kept slightly moist at all times. Be careful not to over water a Stromanthe or the roots will rot and the plant will die. Let the top inch os soil dry before watering again. In winter, allow the soil of a Stromanthe to dry out a little more, but never completely.
Avoid placing a Stromanthe in a cold or hot draft, otherwise basic household temperatures (65°-80° F) are fine. Avoid temperatures below 60° F at night.
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves turning yellow?
The most likely cause of yellowing leaves is over watering. Although Stromanthe plants like to be kept damp but they do not want to be wet or over saturated. Only water your plant when the top inch of soil is dry, and try maintaining a consistent watering schedule.
Why are my leaves turning brown at the edges?
First snip off the brown leaves, so your plant can dedicate more energy to its healthy leaves and new growth. If more than 20% of your leaves are affected, trim the leaves in stages so you do not shock your plant. Your plant may not be receiving enough water. Brown leaves can also be caused by your tap water. It may be a good idea to filter your water or let the water sit overnight to relieve some of the chlorine.
Why are my leaves wrinkly or withered?
The air is likely too dry for your Stromanthe. Try regularly misting your plant to boost moisture levels. Also make sure your Stromanthe is not too close to a heater or air conditioner.