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How to care for a Ctenanthe | Never Never PlantCtenanthe plants are often confused with Calathea plants but they hold their own in the plant kingdom. They share a lot of similarities with Calathea plants which is probably what caused the confusion. They also close their leaves at night and are pet friendly. Their foliage is also quite similar!
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- Once every two years
- Shaded or Indirect light
- Not toxic
- Once a month in summer
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The Lubbersiana is a common ornamental houseplant in Brazil, and also popular in Costa Rica. They are sturdy plants which can handle high temperatures well.
The Ctenanthe is a strong air purifier.
The Ctenanthe is not toxic. However, pets who try to eat it might get a little sick. Aside from the occasional ruined carpet, not to worry.
Watering on an average basis is enough here.
Not a great sun lover, this one. Put it somewhere where there's shade or partial shade.
Give the Ctenanthe plant food every two weeks during the summer and you're good to go.
Repotting the Lubbersiana every two years should do fine.
Prune yours to control the size and remove leaves that wither or look scorched. Cut it in the spring, with cuts 4 to 5 inches long.
There aren't many serious diseases other than the usual suspects to watch for here: mealybug, spider mites and aphids. Water them away or use insecticidal soap in the case of the spider mites.