Plant Care Ctenanthe Lubbersiana

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana

4.4 out of 5 (14 experiences)

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Ctenanthe Lubbersiana has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Golden Mosaic Plant, Golden Mosaic Plant, Brazilian Snow Plant and Never-never plant

Taxonomy

Ctenanthe lubbersiana
Ctenanthe
Marantaceae
Zingiberales

How to care for Ctenanthe Lubbersiana

💦 Water

How often to water your Ctenanthe Lubbersiana

Water needs for Ctenanthe Lubbersiana
0.5 cups
every 9

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Ctenanthe Lubbersiana

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Golden Mosaic Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ctenanthe Lubbersiana: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Ctenanthe Lubbersiana in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Ctenanthe Lubbersiana

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ctenanthe Lubbersiana: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Ctenanthe Lubbersiana after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Golden Mosaic Plant →

Common Golden Mosaic Plant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Golden Mosaic Plant Water Frequency →

Golden Mosaic Plant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Golden Mosaic Plant Light Requirements →

Golden Mosaic Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Golden Mosaic Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Golden Mosaic Plant →

When and How to Successfully Repot Golden Mosaic Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana is native to Central and South America.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Ctenanthe Lubbersiana bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Golden Mosaic Plant →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Ctenanthe Lubbersiana can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Golden Mosaic Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Ctenanthe Lubbersiana, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Ctenanthe Lubbersiana

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 8
Ctenanthe Lubbersiana has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 6
Ctenanthe Lubbersiana has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Ctenanthe Lubbersiana has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Ctenanthe Lubbersiana has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Ctenanthe Lubbersiana has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Ctenanthe Lubbersiana has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
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leaf-1 49 Plants
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globe Ann Arbor, MI
01/13/2022

Hated this when I got it and almost re-homed it. Maybe he felt it. Now he’s tripled in size and continues to put out gorgeous new leaves. Mine doesn’t live super close to a window (5’?) but still thrives as long as I rotate it when I water.

Fast grower Fast grower
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globe Washington, DC
11/24/2021

Love this plant. It tells you when it needs water, which is great (the leaves start to curl up).

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 25 Plants
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globe Brattleboro, VT
10/27/2021

It’s easy to accidentally overwater, especially if the plant is in a nursery pot within a ceramic planter.

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leaf-1 103 Plants
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08/30/2021

Love, love, love the way this plant looks but is sensitive to cold air and water. It is not at all a drought tolerant plant and the leaves brown very easily if it is near a cold draft/air conditioning. I’m still working on finding a good location and watering cadence so this plant flourishes. Be ready to put a little TLC into this plant.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 102 Plants
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globe Atlanta, GA
06/16/2021

The leaf foliage is what attracted me. It maintains in any light. It likes very high humidity but shade so it’s perfect on a porch.
It only needs water
Infrequently.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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