Plant Care Triostar Stromanthe

Triostar Stromanthe

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Triostar Stromanthe has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Triostar Stromanthe has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

About Triostar Stromanthe

These colorful plants native to Brazil have become a staple houseplant around the world. Their green leaves boast brightly colored patches of deep red and pale pink. Be sure to give them plenty of sunlight, as the leaves of plants grown in low light will begin to lose their variegation and revert to green over time. Although they rarely flower indoors, their bright fuschia flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds in the wild! 🌺

Taxonomy

Stromanthe thalia
Stromanthe
Marantaceae
Zingiberales

Also known as

Stromanthe sanguinea, Stromanthe 'Magic Star', Magic Star Stromanthe and Calathea sanguinea

How to care for Triostar Stromanthe

💦 Water

How often to water your Triostar Stromanthe

Water needs for Triostar Stromanthe
0.5 cups
every 9

Triostar Stromanthe 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 Triostar Stromanthe

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Triostar Stromanthe in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Triostar Stromanthe: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Triostar Stromanthe 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 Triostar Stromanthe in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Triostar Stromanthe

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Triostar Stromanthe 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!

Benefits of Growing Triostar Stromanthe →

Common Triostar Stromanthe Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Triostar Stromanthe 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.

Triostar Stromanthe Water Frequency →

Triostar Stromanthe Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Triostar Stromanthe may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Triostar Stromanthe Light Requirements →

Triostar Stromanthe Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Triostar Stromanthe is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Triostar Stromanthe Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Triostar Stromanthe prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Triostar Stromanthe Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Triostar Stromanthe 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 Triostar Stromanthe →


💩 Fertilizer

Triostar Stromanthe is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Triostar Stromanthe →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Triostar Stromanthe to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Triostar Stromanthe is native to the Tropical Americas.


🌸 Flowers

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


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Triostar Stromanthe is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Triostar Stromanthe →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Triostar Stromanthe can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Triostar Stromanthe Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Triostar Stromanthe can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🍂 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 Triostar Stromanthe, 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 Triostar Stromanthe

Triostar Stromanthe

Triostar Stromanthe


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

Triostar Stromanthe has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 37
Triostar Stromanthe has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 33
Triostar Stromanthe has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 32
Triostar Stromanthe has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 16
Triostar Stromanthe has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 6
Triostar Stromanthe has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Triostar Stromanthe has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
@Gbrownie1 avatar
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leaf-1 2 Plants
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04/09/2022

-grows quickly in bright indirect light
-water when leaves start to curl

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
@RamenLechuga avatar
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leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 541 XP
02/22/2022

Definitely need a humidifier, patience, and TLC with this one

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 12 Plants
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globe Clarksville, TN
02/02/2022

It’s gorgeous so I would buy it over and over again but I will say it’s finicky and I have a hard time going back and forth between enough sun and not enough

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 14 Plants
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globe San Francisco, CA
01/19/2022

Very beautiful. Pictures don’t do these justice

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globe Baltimore, MD
01/14/2022

I love this plant! It needs high humidity to prevent browning and shriveling but given the right conditions it will push out new leaves constantly!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Angus, Ontario
01/11/2022

I absolutely adore my triostar but definitely find her to be a bit finicky at times! I’m trying to get a hang on her water and light needs but aside from some browning on her leaves she still pops out new leaves frequently and hasn’t given me issues other than some browning/discolouration on some new leaves❤️

Fast grower Fast grower
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Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Washington, DC
12/27/2021

Love my triostars, they love humidity though so you have to make sure to keep their environment humid or your leaves will brown. Indirect light and humid environment and this plant will thrive and grow like crazy for you.

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leaf-1 41 Plants
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globe Washington, DC
12/23/2021

Need high humidity to prevent the leaves browning, but this thing puts out so many new leaves despite neglect 💙

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Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 41 Plants
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globe Washington, DC
12/23/2021

Need high humidity to prevent the leaves browning, but this thing puts out so many new leaves despite neglect 💙

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Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 27 Plants
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globe Richmond, VA
12/21/2021

Triostar are totally worth the work if you are willing to monitor humidity

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
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@JuJuBeans avatar
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leaf-1 58 Plants
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globe Decatur, GA
12/19/2021

Beautiful super fussy leaf tops brown two humidifiers can’t keep it happy. Multiple grow lights windows and repositioning can’t find her sweet spot. She’s in God’s hands good luck.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
@Megan avatar
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leaf-1 29 Plants
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globe Washington, DC
11/28/2021

Sometimes I see this called a calathea sanguine - either way though it’s definitely part of the marantaceae family, and in my experience it’s one of the easier ones. Don’t let it dry out much!

@Aly_viki avatar
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leaf-1 3 Plants
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09/19/2021

It's so hard to make happy but so beautiful! 🥲

Browns easily Browns easily
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09/13/2021

Beautiful colors on this beautiful prayer plant

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globe Savannah, GA
09/12/2021

Super beautiful plant to add to any collection

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Adam avatar
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leaf-1 6 Plants
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globe Portage, MI
09/12/2021

I’m pretty new to it so hopefully does good! It’s very pretty and pet safe.

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leaf-1 13 Plants
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globe Chicago, IL
08/24/2021

Not a fav of mine it got bugs that killed another plant

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Poptart76 avatar
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leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 966 XP
07/19/2021

Beautiful. Tight roots. I feel like it wants to grow but can’t. Repotted and tried to loosen without damaging roots.

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07/19/2021

Can be a little picky, but the foliage is beautiful and she’s always putting out new leaves. I find her less of a diva than other Calathea.

Browns easily Browns easily

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