Light: Bright indirect light. The more indirect sunlight the plant receives, the more variegation you will see on the leaves. Never expose it direct sunlight, you will see burn spot on the leaves. Turn your plant every week since it will reach for the light.

Temperature: Prefer temperatures between 60 – 80 degrees. Avoid placing your Stromanthe near heating or air conditioning vents and fans.

Watering: Allow the top 25% of soil to dry out then water thoroughly. In winter months allow the soil to dry out a little more between waterings, but never completely. This is not a drought-tolerant plant.

Humidity: Prefers a humid environment. In winter months you’ll want to add more humidity by using a pebble tray partially filled with water or a humidifier. If the leaves turn brown and crispy it’s an indication the leaves are too dry.

Toxicity: Pet friendly. Best practice is keep pets and small children from plants. 

 

Trouble Shooting

Yellowing or pale leaves: suggests overwatering or insufficient light. Yellow and browning leaves are the first sign that root rot may be occurring.

Your tap water may also be a reason for the yellowing leaves. Stromanthe plants are more sensitive to the chemicals found in most tap water. Use filtered water or allow your tap water to sit out uncovered overnight before watering so chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride can evaporate.

Withered and/or brown leaves: air is too dry. 

In prime conditions, the Stromathe grows relatively quickly and can reach up to two feet in height.