Sweet Dreams™ Exotica Never Never Plant Ctenanthe setosa
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Exotica is a prayer plant, the common name for plants that tend to fold their foliage up as night falls. Prayer plants include plants in the following genera: Calathea, Maranta, Stromanthe, and Ctenanthe. Exotica's foliage is silver-green with olive green margins and veins. It almost looks like a subtle stained glass window pattern.Adaptable As HouseplantFoliage InterestHarmful To:Pets
CharacteristicsPlant Type:HouseplantHeight Category:MediumHeight:12 - 36 InchesFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Colors:SilverFoliage Shade:Olive green framing and veins surrounding a silver-gray middle.Habit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Low
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.Light Requirement:Medium
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:ModeratePreferred Temperature:60 - 85 °FWater Category:AverageHumidity Preference:HighContainer Soil Type:Indoor Potting MixNeeds Good DrainageUses:DesktopsUses:Humid SpacesUses:Low Light SpacesUses Notes:
Not for human or animal consumption.Maintenance Notes:
- For optimal performance, keep at 60-85°F (15-29°C).
- Prefers higher humidity to prevent leaf curl.
- Feed once per month at half strength when plant is actively growing.
- Protect furniture when watering.
- Ctenanthe prefer shady areas with bright shade to low light.
- They need moderate to high levels of humidity with leaf damage occurring when humidity levels drop to 40% or less.
- They should not be watered with tap water, unless it has been filtered. Distilled water is a good option as well. The plants are sensitive to impurities and salts in tap water, which can cause leaf edges to burn.
- Ctenanthe also prefers to have moist, but not wet soils. If the soil gets too dry it can cause leaf curl, which is a symptom of dry soil. Water when the top inch or so of soil is dry. If your soil is very dry you may want to soak your pot in water until the soil is rehydrated. It can take half an hour or more to rehydrate the soil. Allow the pot to drain once the soil is moist through.
- Do not allow the plant to sit in water over extended periods of time.
- Add some perlite and/or orchid bark to help fluff up the potting mix and provide better drainage.
- It will do best with high humidity. A pebble tray may help add humidity if needed, but a humidifier is a better option.
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