Stunningly beautiful lance-shaped leaves in green, white, cream and pink with red undersides to leaves. The colours of the leaves are truly amazing! Mature specimens produce a spike about 50cm tall with red flowers.
High humidity is needed for this plant otherwise tips may go brown. Keep potting mix moist but not wet – drainage is important. During cooler winter months, reduce watering. Keep the plant out of windy draughts and avoid high strength fertilisers. Rotate the plant 90 degrees from the light source every week to create a well-shaped plant. Fertilise with a slow release pellet or use a liquid formulation during the warmer months when new leaves are produced.
Feeding your indoor plants
Don’t let your plants get hangry! To get the best out of your plants, you will need to feed them some food. A good balanced fertiliser (plant food) will provide plants with all the nutrients they need to grow more leaves and help them stay strong. When the plant is actively growing during the warmer months, it needs a bit more food and water. During the slow growing season (cooler winter months) your plant doesn’t eat or drink as much (no extra winter layer of fat for these babies). Fertiliser (plant food) can be applied as granular slow release pellets or as a liquid. A bit more chilled out about your plants? Some granular products last 3-6 months which make them ideal for indoor plants and busy people. Hard-core plant-mum? Liquid fertiliser maybe be best as it gives you better control over the amount fed and when. Obviously, follow the label on your preferred fertiliser (plant food) for your baby. Sometimes it’s ok to be a helicopter parent – respond to your plant’s needs. Moral of the story, if it is growing new leaves then it will need more water and food!