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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! 🌺
Also known as
Stromanthe sanguinea, Stromanthe 'Magic Star', Magic Star Stromanthe and Calathea sanguinea
How to care for Triostar Stromanthe
How often to water your Triostar Stromanthe
Triostar Stromanthe needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Triostar Stromanthe in your home
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.
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How to fertilize Triostar Stromanthe
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.
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!
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 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 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 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.
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!
Triostar Stromanthe 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!
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.
Triostar Stromanthe is native to the Tropical Americas.
Yes, you may see your Triostar Stromanthe bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.
Triostar Stromanthe is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Triostar Stromanthe can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.
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 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!
Care Summary for Triostar Stromanthe
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
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❤️