Plant Care Ctenanthe Setosa

Ctenanthe Setosa

4.4 out of 5 (37 experiences)

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

Also known as

Never Never Ctenanthe, Never Never Ctenanthe, Never Never Plant, Calathea setosa and Goeppertia Setosa


Ctenanthe setosa

How to care for Ctenanthe Setosa


How often to water your Ctenanthe Setosa

Water needs for Ctenanthe Setosa
0.5 cups
every 9

Ctenanthe Setosa 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 Setosa

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Never Never Ctenanthe in your home

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

Ctenanthe Setosa 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 💪.

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How to fertilize Ctenanthe Setosa

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ctenanthe Setosa: 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 Setosa after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
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Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Ctenanthe Setosa

Ctenanthe Setosa

Ctenanthe Setosa

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 6ft from a window


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 Setosa has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 18
Ctenanthe Setosa has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 14
Ctenanthe Setosa has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 10
Ctenanthe Setosa has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 10
Ctenanthe Setosa has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Ctenanthe Setosa has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Ctenanthe Setosa has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@Megan avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 14,740 XP
globe Washington, DC

One of the easier plants of the Marantaceae family, if you ask me. Doesn’t like to get super dry but otherwise isn’t very fussy in my experience!

@Megan avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 14,740 XP
globe Washington, DC

Very easy to tell when it needs water - the leaves will curl up

@Megan avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 14,740 XP
globe Washington, DC

Pretty straightforward. Leaves curl up when it starts wanting water and they’ll uncurl soon after you give it water.

Aireal avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 91 XP
globe Pawtucket, RI

One of my favs only dislike is they need so much humidity so a humidifier is essential for them !

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
@Princesshev avatar
leaf-1 47 Plants
xp 1,905 XP

I took this leaf from my parents plant I’ve had it sitting for 2 months it wasn’t dying but it wasn’t growing either so I let it be and 2 days ago a new little leaf has sprung just in time for spring! So excited to watch this little guy grow beautifully and bushy like my parents ctenanthe!
It gets indirect sunlight all day and water every 10 days it’s actually in a pot without drainage so I’ve been pretty accurate with the watering! I’ve also got a mini humidifier next to it which I put on for a few hours everyday

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@mykidneysitch avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 107 XP
globe Edson, Alberta

easy to get pests… atleast for me

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Taren avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 26 XP

Must have high humidity to keep these happy, and to avoid crispy leafs.
SO beautiful though, and worth the work.

Browns easily Browns easily
@coffeereference avatar
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 577 XP
globe Salthill, County Galway

Difficult but gorgeous and worth it.

Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Sassypinata avatar
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 323 XP

It’s the Diva of plants. It’s a beautiful plant and rewards those who take care of it like a child. Very sensitive to what is is the water you provide. Best to use distilled water, does not like cold drafts or AC. Loves humidity. Tough to find the right balance of water. No direct sunlight or else the color and lines fade. Can get brown burn spots if non water liquids like soap from washing hands or hairspray lands on the leaves. I had to move it from my bathroom to my officr because it was just too close to the sino and the AC vent was intense. It’s definitely not a beginner plan- lesson learned for me, a newbie.

Browns easily Browns easily
Isabelle avatar
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 329 XP
globe Napa, CA

Beautiful plant!! Love the green and purple leaves. Needs misting every once and a while, and will show you when she’s thirsty! Always bounces back as soon as she’s watered!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@joshy avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 21 XP

Not cat friendly

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Nerskine avatar
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 3,173 XP

This one is tricky. I couldn’t figure her out or what made her happy until I put her in my master bathroom, where my husband takes majorly hot showers every morning. Now she’s lovin’ life and growing fast. Humidity is key!

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