Tips to Easily Grow Ctenanthe Setosa
To care for your Ctenanthe Setosa plant, here are factors you should always pay your attention to, to ensure that it thrives in a conducive environment:
Ctenanthe setosa is not a lover of excessive direct sunlight as that can result in the colours of its leaves faded. For the appropriate sunlight amount, place your plant in a spot where it gets bright, but indirect sunlight.
An ideal spot is by a window-side that faces the east or the west, but not north or south.
The water level of your plant’s soil or potting mix is an essential factor to its growth and health. When it is being overwatered, it can be at the risk of fungal issues and root rot. If it is being underwatered, its leaves can get withered.
During the summertime, water the plant twice weekly to ensure that it is kept moist. However, be careful not to make its soil soaked or waterlogged.
In the winter, you can allow the top soil to dry slightly before you consider wetting it slightly. Warm water at room temperature is advised during colder seasons as overly cold water can cause problems to the plant’s growth.
As tropical plants, all Ctenanthes need a good amount of humidity to thrive. If your air is dry and you don’t have a humidifier, slightly water-spraying your Ctenanthe setosa leaves daily can be a good alternative.
Warm temperature between 60˚F to 80˚F is preferred. However, the plant may still thrive in moderately cold temperature.
To feed your Ctenanthe plant, especially during the growing, you can use general weak liquid fertilizer as the plant don’t require too much of that attention. Once the growth slows and stops, fertilizer application can be halted.
If you discover any branch of your Ctenanthe setosa plant getting dead, it’s a good idea to prune that branch immediately. Not only does that make your plant look tidy, but also helps to ensure that the plant doesn’t get infected as it might be difficult to recover.
The Ctenanthe setosa plant is not propagated by cutting at the stem. Instead, it is by dividing the parent plant into smaller plant at the roots. Its propagation should be done in the spring, as that is when the plant is about to start growing strongly.