Light: Thrives in bright indirect sun. Avoid scorching the leaves with too intense rays. This plant will not thrive in a low light location; will need to supplemented with a grow light. 

Water: Allow the top 75% of soil to dry out between watering. It is better to under-water than over do it with watering, as they naturally grow in semi-dry conditions. If you're unsure, wait a few more days before re-watering it. Water around the caudex (also as the bulb, the potato looking part of the plant) - avoid watering directly on the bulb.

From early winter through early spring (dormant period), reduce the frequency of watering to every 4 - 8 weeks. 

Humidity: Prefers a more humid environment. Use a pebble tray to add extra humidity. Gently mist the foliage from time to time to hydrate the leaves and keep the dust levels down. 

Toxicity: Toxic to pets 

 

Trouble shooting

Dormant period: A loss of leaves over the winter and early spring period is natural due to its dormancy period. If this happens do not be alarmed. The Stephania is classed as deciduous, like many outdoor trees, which means that some or all of its leaves will drop in fall end enter a dormancy period. It typically lasts the length of the winter. Increase watering in spring and ensure it receives ample bright indirect light - its greenery should come back bigger and better. 

Growth: These plants can vary in size; on average it reaches to about three feet in height. Growth is very slow, with some plants taking 20 years to reach full maturity. 

Repotting: After about three years the Stephania will need to be repotted. When repotting use a sand-based potting mix that is labeled for cacti and succulents. Be sure to select a planter with drainage hole. 

Yellowing or dropping leaves in succession (early winter): indicates plant is going into dormant period. 

Curled or crispy leaves, wilted foliage, yellowing leaves (with dry soil) and/or stunted growth: indicates of under-watering. Leaf-tips starting to excessively brown over and curl, especially in direct sunlight, is an indication of low humidity. 

Yellowing or browning leaves, wilting, and/or rotten leaves or base: suggests over-watering. Over-watering is commonly caused by too little light or not allowing the soil to dry out properly between waterings.