Plant Care Shield Plant

Shield Plant

4.8 out of 5 (5 experiences)

Shield Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Shield Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Homalomena Maggy, Homalomena Maggy, Homalomena 'Maggie', Maggie and Queen of Hearts


Homalomena rubescens ‘Maggy’

How to care for Shield Plant


How often to water your Shield Plant

Water needs for Shield Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Shield Plant 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 Shield Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Homalomena Maggy in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Shield Plant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Shield Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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


How to fertilize Shield Plant

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

Water Needs
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Care Summary for Shield Plant

Shield Plant

Shield Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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

Shield Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Shield Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Shield Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Relle avatar
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 481 XP
globe Watanobbi, New South Wales

Love my Maggie but wish I had known they grow so big and so fast, had mine for a couple of years and she is beautiful and very easy to look after

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Cheryl avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 98 XP
globe Lynwood, Western Australia

Don’t over water or underwater it and it will be fine.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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