Ctenanthe are native to tropical Brazil and are part of the Marantaceae family. The leaves are oblong in shape, pale grey-green in colour with thick lance-shaped markings on the veins and purple undersides. These plants are often called 'Prayer Plants' meaning their leaves are erect at night and flat in the day. This Ctenanthe is named after the landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx who discovered this plant.
Height: Approximately 25cm from base of pot
This plant is non-toxic.
How do you take care of Ctenanthe Burle Marxii?
Take care of Ctenanthe Burle Marxii by keeping it in moderate temperature between 16-24°C and out of draughts. Ctenanthe prefer lower to medium light, with some shade. These plants like to be moist, but reduce watering in winter.
They prefer moderate to high humidity, this can be achieved by grouping plants together, misting, using a humidifier and placing your plant on a tray of watered pebbles. Feed every few waterings during the growing season, dilute the fertiliser to half the recommended dosage.
Is a Ctenanthe a Calathea?
Ctenanthe are not Calathea, however they are related to them. Both Calathea and Ctenanthe belong to the Marantaceae family. Plants in this family are often referred to as ‘prayer plants’, as some species fold their leaves up each night, as if in prayer.
How do you propagate Ctenanthe Burle Marxii?
Propagate Ctenanthe Burle Marxii in the spring to take advantage of the upcoming growing season. Propagate by division only when the plant is mature.
Remove the plant from its pot and loosen the soil around it to identify where to make your divisions. Each division should have three good-sized stems. Place each division in a 4-inch pot with potting mix and set in a warm shaded area. Use a translucent plastic covering with ventilation holes to maintain a warm environment and encourage new growth.
Use a peat-based soil or regular potting soil combined with peat moss. Add a little sand to help with drainage.
How often should I water Ctenanthe?
Water Ctenanthe only when the top inch of the soil has dried out to the touch. The frequency of your watering schedule will depend on the size of your pot, the potting mix, how much indirect light the plant receives and the conditions in your home. Check on your plant’s soil every few days to see if it needs watering.
Why are the leaves on my Ctenanthe curling?
The leaves on your Ctenanthe may curl if it is subjected to too much light, heat, or too little water. If this happens, you should assess your plant’s conditions and watering schedule. You may need to move the plant to a cooler, less bright location or increase the frequency of its watering to compensate.
Can you grow Ctenanthe in water?
Ctenanthe can be grown in water from a cutting. Once your plant has matured, you can take cuttings from the plant and grow them in vases.
How do you prune a Never Never plant?
Prune a Never Never plant by cutting any dying stems back to an inch from the soil line. This will encourage new growth to develop from the rhizomes below the soil. It’s up to you how much or little you choose to prune your Never Never plant - you can cut all growth back to nothing and the plant will grow from scratch as long as it’s kept moist and in a well-lit location.
Are Ctenanthe toxic to cats?
Ctenanthe are not toxic to cats, dogs or people. They’re safe, pet-friendly plants that are perfectly suitable for a family home.