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A sumptuous cultivar of the popular Brazilian species, with pale olive green oval leaves sparingly marked with dark pencil-thin stripes. Ctenanthe are tolerant of lower light, and often reported to be easier than the closely related Calathea family.
This plant is able to tolerate occasional temperatures down to 13C but grows better in warmer room temperature ranges. Water whenever the top few cm of soil feels dry, never allowing plant to completely dry out.
The wonderful patterning looks its best in bright indirect light with adequate humidity. This is a compact, slow growing species to 30cm tall, creating a spreading fountain of peacock like leaves that orientate themselves towards the sun.
Ctenanthe 'Amagris' Identification Sheet
- Common name(s)
- Fishbone Prayer Plant
- Indoors, shade
- well drained, indoor potting mix
- Skill level
- Medium difficulty
- Humidity needs
- Mist every other day
How often should I feed my house plants?
With some house plants, you can feed them according to the label on the feed. It may look like it's not enough and you could be tempted to add more than the recommended dose, but do remember that the correct dosages will prevent the roots from getting burned from too much concentration.
As a rule of thumb, once a month, a mild solution of a balanced organic fertiliser is ideal to be applied in the growing season.
How often should I water my house plants?
Watering houseplants is always a tricky business. Some love to have their soil moist at all times, others like to be on the drier side. Also, every home is different and winters are not the same as summers.
Conditions differ throughout the year, all over the country and plants have different preferences.
Make sure you read the care instructions that come with the plant and adjust that according to your home.
Can I use leaf shine solutions on my prayer plant?
Do not use leaf shine products on any of the Calathea family plants. The oils in the leaf shine products will clog up the pores making it impossible for the plant to breathe.
Why do prayer plants raise their leaves at night?
The behaviour is called nyctinasty and is displayed only on few species of plants. While the exact reason is not known, the most common theory about this behaviour in prayer plants is that the leaves take the closed shape at night to allow the rain drops to fall through the leaves to the roots. It stops the rain from collecting on the leaves, preventing bacterial growth.
Are prayer plants safe to pets?
All prayer plants are considered non-toxic for people or pets, except in case of allergies. While this is the general case, you may want to avoid pets munching on the leaves as this may cause the wounds to quickly develop bacterial or fungal infections.
My prayer plant is looking sad and leaves are not "praying". What should I do?
Prayer plants are quite sensitive to environment factors. While the "praying" behaviour is displayed in most of the leaves, some older leaves may not do that.
Check the back of the leaves for pests (spider mites are a common pest!), soil for moisture, and light conditions. The easiest factor to adjust is the plant position: make sure there is enough light intensity difference between day and night.
What are spider mites and how to control them?
Prayer plants are a magnet for spider mites. They will thrive on the underside of the leaves and suck on the leaf sap. The easiest way to control them is to give your plants a full shower once a month, making sure that the water is tepid, not cold and the underside of the leaves get a good shower.
If the problem persists, a spider mite control solution can be used, like the SMC Ready mixed spray.
We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.
The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.
Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed. Vouchers and small boxes can be posted through the letterbox, provided there is unrestricted access to it.
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