A rare type of plant that is becoming increasingly sought after, the Schismatoglottis is a family of plants with unique foliage. Relatively easy to care, they make for the perfect exotic plant to add to your list!
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Below is a general care guide for Schismatoglottis plants which can slightly differ depending on variety.
Light & Temperature
Schismatoglottis will thrive in bright, indirect light. However, it is also tolerant to lower light conditions.
This plant prefers warm temperatures. They do not like being exposed to cold air as it will damage its foliage.
Watering, Humidity & Misting
Water your Schismatoglottis once the top 2 inches of the soil has dried out. Make sure the plant is not sitting in water and it can cause the root the rot.
Schismatoglottis can thrive in normal household humidity. If the air is dry, the plant can benefit from increased humidity through misting or using a pebble tray and humidifier.
Soil and Repotting
Use a standard well-draining houseplant potting mix.
Repot your Schismatoglottis when the plant outgrows its pot. It grows relatively quickly and seem to prefer space to grow outward. You will probably need to repot to freshen the soil and encourage healthy new growth once a year.
Propagation of your Schismatoglottis can be done through pup division. Plant pups will appear at the base of the plant, and these can be split and repotted into a new pot of fresh soil to grow a new plant.
Use a balanced fertiliser. Follow directions on the label of plant food.
Schismatoglottis are non-toxic and is therefore safe around kids and/or pets.
Under the right care and conditions, your plant will grow happy and healthy. But here are some issues you may encounter while caring for a Schismatoglottis:
Mealy bugs and scales - When spotted, remove it from the plant and treat immediately with neem oil.
Droopy leaves - This is caused by underwatering. Soak your plant in a tray of water for 10 minutes. Make sure not to leave it in water as it can cause root rot.
Yellowing leaves - You are probably overwatering your Schismatoglottis. Allow the soil to partially dry out between waterings.