HOMALOMENA RUBESCENS VARIEGATE
Caring for Your HOMALOMENA Rubescens Variegated Plant
HOMALOMENA RUBESCENS VARIEGATED, commonly known as the Hawaiian Baby Woodrose, has become increasingly popular in recent years as an ornamental houseplant. However, with popularity comes ignorance, and many people do not know how to properly care for this beautiful and delicate plant. Here are a few tips to help you keep your HOMALOMENA RUBESCENS VARIEGATED happy and healthy long after you buy it.
Follow these easy steps
First, we’ll want to make sure you have a spot picked out that gets good sunlight. Keep in mind, your HOMALOMENA needs a few hours of direct sunlight per day and at least two hours of indirect light as well. Also, give it some water now and then. But not too much—we don’t want you to drown your plant! Just remember that it likes lots of water but doesn’t like to be over-watered or wet all of the time. If you need more help caring for your Homalomena rubescens variegated plant, reach out to your local nursery or extension agent; we’re happy to help!
Place your plant in indirect sunlight
Although there are many factors that can affect your Homalomena rubescens variegated plant’s growth and health, sunlight is among one of them. Sunlight exposure determines how healthy a plant may become. Too much or too little sunlight can both adversely affect growth and leave you with a dead plant that you didn’t anticipate it would be. The Homalomena rubescens variegated plant should be placed in an area where it receives indirect light so that it doesn’t burn its leaves or suffer from too much exposure to direct sunlight. If possible, place your Homalomena rubescens variegated indoors near an open window so that most of its leaves get direct sunlight while some are shaded by furniture in your room.
Water your plant when the soil feels dry
Keeping your plant healthy is a lot like keeping yourself healthy—you need to keep it well-hydrated, but not over-saturated. Think of a succulent as a sponge: If you soak up too much water, your leaves will turn pale and wilt; but if you forget to give it enough water, your leaves will shrivel and begin to die. So how often should you water? This can depend on a number of factors, like how large or small your plant is, how much light it gets and how dry your home is.
Trim dead leaves as needed
One of the best things you can do to keep your plant healthy is to keep it properly trimmed. Trim off dead leaves regularly, especially if they are browning or wilting. And when you first get your new plant, trim back any long and stringy branches so that it grows in a more compact shape. A trim here and there will make sure that your variegated plants look nice and neat at all times.
Cut back your plant’s root ball in spring
Before bringing your plant inside, cut back its root ball and bury half of it in a pot with drainage holes. If you don’t have a pot already, use one that’s at least 6 inches deep to give your plant’s roots plenty of room to spread out and breathe. The soil level should be about 3 to 4 inches below where it was originally planted, as pots dry out more quickly than garden soil does. Water thoroughly once or twice a week during hot weather. During cold weather when growth stops, water only once every few weeks. Provide light shade from direct sunlight during hot summer months; afternoon sun is OK if it doesn’t get too strong.
Fertilize every two weeks during spring and summer
During its growing cycle, your plant will need to be fed. Fertilizer encourages growth and blooming. It can be purchased at any local gardening supply store, or online if you want something specific. If you choose to buy online, just make sure it is a water-soluble fertilizer that includes all three macro nutrients: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). If it is soluble in water, that means you are able to apply with a watering can. Diluted liquid solutions of these nutrients should be sprayed over your plant’s leaves and roots during early spring, then again every two weeks through early fall.
This leafy herbaceous aroid (and it’s variegated cousin)- which hails from Assam, Bangladesh, East Himalaya and Myanmar – has heart-shaped leaves and has become an increasingly popular houseplant due to its ease of care, disease resistance and tolerance to low light conditions and stress. Place in a partial sunlight or full shade spot and keep soil moist (not drenched) and fertilise once ever few weeks with a diluted solution of liquid fertiliserThis leafy herbaceous aroid (and
it’s variegated cousin)- which hails from Assam, Bangladesh, East Himalaya and Myanmar – has heart-shaped leaves and has become an increasingly popular houseplant due to its ease of care, disease resistance and tolerance to low light conditions and stress. Place in a partial sunlight or full shade spot and keep soil moist (not drenched) and fertilise once ever few weeks with a diluted solution of liquid fertiliser.