Beautiful ctenanthe Ctenanthe amabilis
C. amabilis is an evergreen perennial to 50cm, with narrowly pointed oblong leaves, dark green with zones of silvery-grey and light green parallel to the veins; seldom flowers
About this plant
Beautiful ctenanthe, Never Never Plant, Stromanthe
Non-toxic but avoid ingesting them and keep them away from children. May cause personal intolerance if ingested.
Non-toxic but avoid ingesting them and keep them away from pets. May cause personal intolerance if ingested.
Color of leaves
Dark green with yellow, pale green or silver stripes
- General Benefits
Can be grown in a shady room;
Can keep indoor fresh and clean.
- Medical Properties
The plant takes part in medical developments and research, but has no therapeutic properties of its own.
- Feng Shui
According to Feng Shui, it is a plant with masculine Yin energy. It is recommended to put it in the working area, teenager's room, the place where cheerful and noisy companies gather. It helps to avoid conflict situations, protects householders from disease, removes negative energy.
- Zodiac Sign Compitability
Never Never Plant favors Aquarians. Aquarius loves new and unusual solutions. This potted plant will reflect this trait of character and bring good luck.
- Plant Symbolism
Ctenantha is considered the protector of the family home. It is recommended to place it in the bedroom, so that the family has a favorable and loving environment.
There is also an omen that the ctenantha helps to avoid conflicts, protects its owner from diseases and gets rid of negative energy.
Regular moderate watering is needed. Use soft standing water. Make sure that water does not stagnate in the soil, and that the soil does not dry out. Do not water with cold water.
It can grow both in a well-lit place and in a shady spot.
It is recommended to place it on a western and northern windows. And also the Ctenanthe can grow on a stand, located near the southern window, but it will need shading from direct sunlight.
Year-round and day-round temperature should be maintained at 68 - 77 °F.
Also it is not advisable to place the plant near a window that opens because the plant can't tolerate drafts.
Does not need regular pruning. Only old and diseased leaves should be pruned.
Suitable for Ctenanthe soil mixture consists of peat, coniferous, leaf and humus, as well as a small amount of sand taken in a ratio of 1:1:2:1.
Repotting is done annually in the spring. Wide flower pots are used for this purpose. Do not forget about good drainage. You can cover the rhizome with moistened moss.
- Humidity & Misting
A very moisture-loving plant that is recommended to be sprayed frequently. If the air is too dry, the leaves will start to curl. Advisable systematically arrange a warm shower for the flower, but you should take into account that no drops should remain on the leaves.
- Suitable locations
All year round
Outdoors all year round in USDA 10 and higher.
10 - 11 USDA
- Life cycle
This plant can be confused with Calathea, also belonging to the Marantaceae family. These plants are similar to each other, and even botanists cannot agree on their classification.
These plants differ in the structure of their flowers, but when kept in the room blooming in them is quite rare. If you buy a Ctenanthe in a florist's store, you may as well buy a Calathea, as it is almost impossible to it is impossible to distinguish them.
Propagation is simple. In the spring time, when transplanting, you can divide its rhizome. The young plants need a greenhouse effect and warmth until they are fully rooted. Watering should be sparing in this case. During rooting, all foliage may fall off, but the leaves begin to grow very quickly afterwards.
Spider mite, Mealybug
Root Rot, Powdery mildew