Written by Maggie
Mar 02 2021
Never Never Plant, scientific name Ctenanthe oppenheimiana, is a perennial herbaceous, plant height 30 ~ 60cm, underground rhizome, fascicular.
Root leaves of Never Never Plant (Ctenanthe oppenheimiana) is long elliptic-lanceolate, entire, dark green, with pale green, white to pale pink pinnate spots, petiole and leaf back dark red.
The leaf color of Never Never Plant (Ctenanthe oppenheimiana) is bright and gorgeous. never never plant is resistant to shade, the growth is dense, is suitable for the Garden shade place clong planting, makes the ground cover or the small potted plant, is the senior indoor plant.
The silver and green striped foliage of the Never Never Plant (Ctenanthe oppenheimiana) will bring a touch of the tropics into your home, even if you live in areas where the long and cold winters are a far reach from the sun and heat of the rainforest.
The never never plant (Ctenanthe oppenheimiana) is renowned for the lance or spear-shaped leaves whose dark green foliage are punctuated by sliver stripes or bands. These silver bands are what also give the Never Never Plant its other common name: The Brazilian Snow Plant. Though small flowers may appear, most home gardeners keep the plant for its impressive foliage display.
This tropical evergreen plant requires specific growing conditions that mimic the humidity, temperature, light levels, and soils of its native tropical rainforest habitat. Without these conditions, the plant can still grow, but will not fully develop the unique foliage coloration which is what is most prized by plant lovers around the world.
Light Requirements: Bright, indirect light. Avoid excessive direct sunlight.
Watering: Maintain moist soil, but avoid waterlogged conditions. Water once the top of the soil feels dry.
Soil: Nutrient rich, well-draining potting mix. Equal parts potting soil, peat and perlite works well.
Temperature: 55-85°F (13-29°C).
Fertilizer: Balanced, water-soluble fertilizer applied monthly while the plant is actively growing. .
Humidity: Medium to high humidity. Leaf curling and brown tips will develop in low humidity.
Flowering: Small, insignificant white/yellow flowers appear at intervals through the year when grown in good conditions.
Pruning: Only needed to control size and remove dead foliage. Plant will spread out if allowed to.
Propagation: By division or seed.
Re-Potting: Every 1-2 years in springtime
Popular Varieties of Never Never Plant
C. burle-marxii, C. oppenheimiana, C. marantifolia.
Fairly resistant. Botrytis develops in excessively moist conditions. Ctenanthe oppenheimiana can get mealybugs, thrips and spider mites.
Never Never Plant (Ctenanthe oppenheimiana) is generally safe for children and pets.