Ctenanthe burle-marxii amagris
Part of the Prayer Plant family, Never Never Plants are known for the way they curl up their leaves in the evenings (it looks like they’re praying). Below you’ll find everything you need to know to properly care for a Never Never Plant.
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 will retain the right amount of water.
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Keep your Never Never Plant away from direct light as it can scorch the leaves or cause them to fade. Whilst they can tolerate some lower light, you may start to notice the leaves losing their variegation.
Never Never Plants like to have moist soil but not soggy. This is why we recommend watering them often but only with a little bit of water each time. This keeps the potting mix moist but prevents any risk of root rot.
To keep your Never Never Plant happy they need room temperatures or above. Keep them away from drafty doors or windows as the cool air from outside can damage the plant.
Never Never Plants need a little humidity boost every now and again or they will start to dry out. The best way to do this is by misting the leaves several times a week. We also recommend buying a humidifier as your plants will love it!
As with the majority of houseplants, it’s important that you only feed your Never Never Plant during spring and summer. We recommend feeding once a month with a water-soluble fertiliser, Dilute more than stated on the bottle to avoid fertiliser burn.
To clean the leaves of your Never Never Plant we recommend regularly wiping them down with a damp cloth to remove dust. Avoid using leaf shine as this can damage the variegation on the leaves.
Fortunately, Never Never Plants are considered largely safe for pets and humans.
You can propagate your Never Never Plant either through stem cuttings or division. If taking a stem cutting you’ll want to pop it in water for several weeks to allow roots to grow before potting into fresh soil.
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.
Yellow leaves on a Never Never Plant are caused by too much direct sunlight. In summer the light can be so intense that it scorches the leaves. Move your Never Never Plant to a slightly shadier spot and remove the worst affected leaves.
Brown leaves on a Never Never Plant is an indication of overwatering. Check the soil to see if it is waterlogged and replace if necessary. You don’t want to wait for it to dry out as this can do further damage. Going forward reduce how much you are watering and monitor the soil to make sure it has dried out a little before watering.
Brown leaf tips are a sign that your Never Never Plant is struggling with dry air. Boost the humidity by misting your plant, building a pebble tray or buying a humidifier.
Curling leaves is a natural part of the daily ‘praying’ that Prayer Plants do. However, if your plant’s leaves do not uncurl during the day then it may be that you need to increase the humidity level or temperature around your Never Never Plant.
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