The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Marantaceae.

Stromanthe Genus of 13 species of evergreen, rhizomatous herbaceous perennials from forest floors and clearings in Central and South America. Stromanthe is compact and low-growing like Maranta, but the foliage is marked with the distinct tracery of Calathea with which it is easily confused. The usual species is Stromanthe amabilis, but it is hard to grow. It needs a minimum temperature of 65 F and the air must be moist.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth.Good indirect light is the proper location - an east- or north-facing windowsill is ideal. Grow in soilless or soil-based potting mix. Compost must be kept moist at all times and never allowed to dry out. Misting is necessary. The simplest way is to devide the plant in early spring. Sow seed at 64 F (18 C) in early spring.

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