Plant Care Strobilanthes Alternata

Strobilanthes Alternata

4.2 out of 5 (32 experiences)

Strobilanthes Alternata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Strobilanthes Alternata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Waffle Plant, Waffle Plant, Red-Flame Ivy, Red Ivy and Hemigraphis alternata

Taxonomy

Strobilanthes alternata
Strobilanthes
Acanthaceae
Lamiales

How to care for Strobilanthes Alternata

Water

How often to water your Strobilanthes Alternata

Water needs for Strobilanthes Alternata
0.5 cups
every 9

Strobilanthes Alternata 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 Strobilanthes Alternata

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Finding light for Waffle Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Strobilanthes Alternata: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Strobilanthes Alternata 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.

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Nutrients

How to fertilize Strobilanthes Alternata

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

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Strobilanthes Alternata is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Strobilanthes Alternata

Strobilanthes Alternata

Strobilanthes Alternata


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft 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

Strobilanthes Alternata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 12
Strobilanthes Alternata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 10
Strobilanthes Alternata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Strobilanthes Alternata has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Strobilanthes Alternata has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Strobilanthes Alternata has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Asslynn avatar
@Asslynn
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 2,590 XP
globe Dallas, TX
11/28/2021

It’s a pretty easy plant to care for. I was having problems at first with it fainting every couple days so I’ve started bottom watering and it’s doing a lot better. Definitely keep the soil moist.

Smstanley avatar
@Smstanley
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 56 XP
globe Pineville, LA
11/16/2021

Grows fast, low maintenance but must water if it starts drooping

Fast grower Fast grower
Sundust avatar
@Sundust
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 1,317 XP
10/26/2021

Beautiful plant and hardy so far.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Plantygoddess avatar
@Plantygoddess
leaf-1 109 Plants
xp 9,648 XP
globe Woolwich Township, NJ
10/24/2021

Probably the cutest yet funny experience I’ve had. I waited to water a few days longer than usual and she just collapsed and fainted. At first I’m like really is this possible I killed this plant by a few days?!?! Well I bottom watered her overnight and all is well. She’s just a little bit dramatic. Lol

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Cassrose avatar
@Cassrose
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 1,155 XP
globe New York
09/26/2021

Super easy to handle doesn’t require much work or attention.

Jo avatar
@Jo
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 170 XP
globe Wolfeboro, NH
09/11/2021

Not a fast grower. Keep moist

Survivor Survivor
Swellsquid768 avatar
@Swellsquid768
leaf-1 53 Plants
xp 1,106 XP
08/05/2021

My cat keeps trying to eat it and it just keeps living

Survivor Survivor
Saysay270 avatar
@Saysay270
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 41 XP
globe Clearwater, FL
07/05/2021

doug has survived abt a week with me and hasn’t died yet. easy and pretty like his plant momma

Survivor Survivor
Gatherandgrow avatar
@Gatherandgrow
leaf-1 192 Plants
xp 48,602 XP
globe Lincoln, NE
06/09/2021

I just repotted her she has grown so much and her roots were bursting out of the pot! She is so beautiful and I love the purple underside of her leaves!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jennalynnhen avatar
@Jennalynnhen
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 593 XP
globe Minneapolis, MN
05/25/2021

Super easy to propagate, big drama Queen. Will look completely fallen over and dead when it wants water.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Egotopia avatar
@Egotopia
leaf-1 93 Plants
xp 8,632 XP
globe Jacksonville, FL
05/17/2021

This plant does better in humidity levels higher than 50%. It should be placed somewhere bright or the stems will get leggy. This is one of those plants that faints when it’s thirsty but always bounces back.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Gillysplants avatar
@Gillysplants
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 1,570 XP
globe Beaverton, OR
04/18/2021

I got this plant and was hoping to save it because it wasn’t treated properly before. It was super droopy and brown, but with water and sun all day it looked amazing, so that was super cool

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily

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