Native Distribution

Africa.

Key Attributes

Popular indoor plant with glossy green leaflets arranged like a fern frond however this plant is more closely related to Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) and Swiss Cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa). Underground it creates a bulb-like tuber which helps the plant recouperate after stress but is also a reason never to allow the potting mix to be wet otherwise it will rot.

Care Mode

Allow the plant to settle into its new home and it will adapt very well to neglect. Some people are known to water these plants once a month however it is best to observe your plant and water it just before it shows signs of stress. Rarely affected by any pests. Low watering and low light does not encourage active growth so if a lush specimen is desired, move the plant to brighter light, give it some fertliser and carefully increase watering.

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!