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Sweet Dreams® Burle-Marxii Never Never Plant Ctenanthe burle-marxii

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    6 - 12 Inches
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    15cm - 30cm


    Sweet Dreams ‘Burle-Marxii’ is a striking never never plant, named after the renowned Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. It is grown for its striking foliage, which features dark green curved lines on light green, oblong, oval-shaped leaves, in a fishbone-like pattern. Thus, it is commonly known as a “Fishbone Prayer Plant”. Like other prayer plants, ‘Burle-Marxii’ folds up its leaves at night to reveal burgundy-purple undersides.

    Adaptable As Houseplant
    Foliage Interest
    Harmful To: 


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    6 - 12 Inches 15cm - 30cm
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Light green with dark green veins.
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Light Requirement: 

    Low - No direct sun, not near a window. Medium - Medium bright indirect light in the AM or PM, typically from an east or west window. High - Bright direct or indirect light for much of the day, typically from a south window.

    Maintenance Category: 
    Preferred Temperature: 
    60 - 85 °F
    Water Category: 
    Humidity Preference: 
    Humidity Preference: 
    Container Soil Type: 
    Indoor Potting Mix
    Needs Good Drainage
    Humid Spaces
    Low Light Spaces
    North Facing Windows
    Uses Notes: 

    Not for human or animal consumption.

    Maintenance Notes: 
    • For optimal performance, keep your Ctenanthe at 60-85°F (15-29°C). 
    • Ctenanthes perform best in medium levels of indirect light. Avoid placing them next to a window that gets direct sunlight, unless it is early in the morning, or late in the afternoon. Direct midday sun can cause leaf scorch. Bright shade or filtered light is just enough for Ctenanthes.
    • Ctenanthes appreciate moderate to high levels of humidity. To keep humidity at around 40%, you may need to position your Ctenanthe near a humidifier or on a pebble tray. 
    • Ctenanthes should not be watered with tap water, or excessively hard or treated water. Distilled water or filtered water are better options. These plants are sensitive to impurities and salts in tap water, which can cause leaf edges to burn or leaf spots to form. 
    • Ctenanthes prefer to have moist, but not soggy soil. As such, water when the top inch or so of soil is dry.  If the soil gets too dry, your Ctenanthe may wilt or develop leaf curl–both of which are good indicators to water your plant. If it is very dry, you may need to soak your pot in water until the soil is thoroughly rehydrated. This can take up to half an hour. Once the soil is moist, allow your pot to drain thoroughly, as your Ctenanthe shouldn’t sit in standing water for extended periods of time. 
    • Feed your Ctenanthe once per month at half strength when it is actively growing. Reduce frequency of fertilization in the winter months. If no new leaves are growing, it does not need to be fertilized.
    • Protect furniture when watering & fertilizing.
    • When repotting your Ctenanthe, use an all-purpose potting mix, with additional orchid bark and perlite added, to ensure it has good drainage and plenty of nutrients.
  • 1 Review

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    • I got a cutting of this plant over 45 years ago. It has been a great plant all these years. I have given many people pieces off it for them to enjoy. All these years and I never knew the name until today! It is a slow grower with low maintenance. I water it once a week, in our dry Colorado climate. Every 5 or so years, it needs to be divided. It loves my east facing bathroom, out of the main sunlight.

      Rosie Raffa-Boren
      , Colorado
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
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