Never-never Plant - Marantaceae Ctenanthe Oppenheimiana

What You Need to Know About the Never-never Plant – Marantaceae Ctenanthe Oppenheimiana

From Fast Brazil, ctenanthe is also known as the never-never plant. Grown for its rosettes of beautifully marked foliage, rather than its incon­spicuous white flowers, it is robust and bushy with leathery, lance­shaped leaves up to 18 in. (45 cm) long and dark green with silvery gray feathering above and wine-red to purple below.

Closely related to maranta and calathea, which are also grown for their leaves, it is more com­pact in habit. C.o. ‘Tricolor’ has leaves blotched with cream.

Size: Height to 3 ft. (90 cm).

Light: Indirect sunlight.

Temperature: Normal room.

Moisture: Keep moist from spring to fall. In winter, apply water only to prevent soil from drying out.

Feeding: Apply standard liquid fertil­izer every two weeks from spring through to fall.

Propagation: Remove basal offsets from the rhizomatous roots (detach them as close to the parent plant as possible) or take tip cuttings of 3—4 leaves. With tip cuttings, use hormone rooting preparation and bot tom heat if possible.

Special needs: To increase humidity place pot on a tray of moist pebbles.