African Mask Plant Care
Basic African Mask Plant Care
With their unique and striking leaf patterns, African Mask Plants are not the easiest houseplant to care for. But don’t let that put you off, as they are worth the extra hassle. Here you will find all the information you need to care for your African Mask Plant.
Bright Indirect Light
I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.
I don't like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I'm after.
I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.
I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.
Detailed African Mask Plant Care Information
Whether you're looking to make sure your African Mask Plant is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.
African Mask Plants will struggle in low-light
The ideal place for your African Mask Plant is a spot that gets nice natural bright but indirect light. They will struggle in darker areas of your home, as well as in direct sunlight so it is important you find the right balance. If you aren’t sure if your African Mask Plant is getting enough light, we recommend using a light monitor.
Don't let the soil dry out
We recommend watering your African Mask Plant quite often, but not with a large volume of water. They don’t want their soil to dry out, but they also don’t want their roots to become waterlogged. We often use a moisture meter to help us know exactly when our plant needs water.
Humidity is vital for African Mask Plants
Dry air is the number 1 reason why houseplant lovers find it difficult to grow and care for an African Mask Plant. They require a humid environment as they are native to the tropics. There are several ways you can increase humidity levels for your African Mask Plant which we explain further in our humidity guide. The easiest way to increase humidity levels is by using a humidifier.
Warm temperatures are vital for African Mask Plants
Similarly to the high humidity levels, African Mask Plants also prefer warmer temperatures. They will tolerate colder months over winter but you will see them struggle to produce any new growth at this time. Make sure to keep them away from drafty windows or air conditioning vents where they might experience cooler temperatures. A digital thermometer is a great way to know for sure if your African Mask Plant is in the right spot.
Only fertilise African Mask Plants in growth months
It is very important that you only feed your African Mask Plant during Spring and Summer. We recommend fertilising them once a month during this time during a liquid fertiliser at less than recommended strength.
Avoid repotting an African Mask Plant in winter
Similarly to fertilisation, it’s not a great idea to repot your African Mask Plant during colder months. The best time to repot would be in Spring as the growth period approaches so that the plant can get used to its new environment and shock will be easily overcome.
Dust their leaves every so often
As with any houseplant with large flat leaves, African Mask Plants are prone to a build up of dust. Make sure to wipe the leaves down every few weeks.
African Mask Plants are highly toxic to pets
Unfortunately, African Mask Plants are toxic to pets as the leaves contain a chemical that if ingested by your pet, can cause stomach issues and vomiting. We recommend you keep your African Mask Plant away from your furry friends as well as children.
Propagate African Mask Plants using division
As your African Mask Plant matures, you might want to think about propagating if the plant becomes too big for the space. Carefully take the roots out of the pot and separate the root systems with your fingers. Only use shears if absolutely necessary. You can then pot the new plant directly into the soil and continue usual care.
Common Problems with your African Mask Plant
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
Yellowing leaves on an African Mask Plant is often caused by watering issues. This can be either over or underwatering so it is important to regularly check the moisture in the soil and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. You can pick up a moisture meter from Amazon here which will help you keep track of the moisture in the soil.
If you notice your African Mask Plant looks as though it is dying, you need to act quickly to reverse this. It may be a mixture of issues that are causing this but we always recommend checking soil moisture first, as well as increasing humidity and checking it has enough sunlight.
Drooping leaves is an indication that your African Mask Plant is suffering from water stress. This can be either over or underwatering so check the mositure levels in the soil using a moisture meter and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. If your soil is waterlogged we recommend replacing it entirely with fresh high-quality potting mix.
Brown leaf tips is sometimes a difficult one to treat because it has several causes. It may be due to dry air, overfertilisation or overwatering.