Ctenathe Burle Marx
Ctenanthe (fishbone prayer plant) is one to look for. The plant is known for the striking fishbone pattern on its leaves and if you've never cared for a prayer plant before, you may be surprised the first time you see its leaves folding up at night. The never never plant is sometimes known to be fussy (it hails from the tropics, after all) but this guide will tell you everything you need to know about caring for Ctenanthe.
Light:It will do best in medium to bright indirect light. Never allow this plant to stand in the direct sunlight–the leaves will fade and become scorched.Water: When the top 95% of the soil is dry , but as soon as it gets to this point , proceed to water.
*We recommend Bottom-watering, sometimes called reverse watering, is when you place a plant in a bowl of water, allowing the soil and roots to soak water from the bottom up. (Naturally, your pot needs to have drainage holes for this to work).
Humidity :It prefers a humid environment. Mist often.
Temperature :It enjoys the warmth–preferably between 65-85 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.
Food: Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.
Toxicity: Ctenanthes are non-toxic. They are safe for humans, cats, and dogs.
Tips:If you notice a tip or edge burn, often with a yellowish hue at the edge, it could be due to your tap water. To solve this, allow your tap water to stand overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Alternative water choices are distilled or rainwater. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing. If only a portion of the leaf is brown or yellow, go ahead and carefully trim off that portion of the leaf with a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears.