The Goldfish plant or Nemanthaus is a gorgeous cascading plant that will captivate anyone with its beautiful orange flowers. It looks great in a hanging basket and with proper care, this houseplant can be quite rewarding and last you for several years.
The Nemanthaus is a flowering plant native to Brazil. It belongs to the Gesneriaceae family and is well-known for its goldfish-like flowers filled with sweet nectar. In its natural environment, the Nemanthaus is an epiphyte, which means that it grows on the surface of another plant without taking its nutrients. How kind!
This charming plant is not known for its air purifying abilities.
Don't worry! It's safe to have pets around the Nemanthaus.
The Nemanthaus needs water regularly, especially during warmer months. This rainforest plant likes a slightly moist pot with good drainage. Make sure you allow the pot to dry up a bit before pouring more water. During winter, water the Nemanthaus more sparingly and never let the pot dry up!
To make sure those gorgeous flowers bloom, the Nemanthaus requires adequate lighting. Be sure to place yours next to a window that faces north or east where it can get bright light, but avoid direct sunlight. In the winter, grow lights are recommended. Also, be sure to keep your Nemanthaus happy by placing it in a spot that is room temperature with mild to moderate humidity.
The Nemanthaus tends to get hungry during the summer. So give it some liquid food every two or three weeks. During winter, the Nemanthaus likes to rest so feeding it is not necessary.
This houseplant loves its pot, so there's no need to repot it very often. That said, make sure to do it every two to three years, moving it up one pot size.
The Nemanthaus can produce goldfish-like flowers year-around. But you will need to take extra care for this to happen. Normally, you should expect the Nemanthaus to bloom during the summer. Allow it to rest during colder months. If you notice that your houseplant is not flowering, try to better its lighting conditions. Also, prune the tips of the stems regularly to promote branching and avoid a leggy look.
Mealybugs, aphids and spider mites are common with this flowering plant. Spray some warm water regularly to prevent this. Additionally, excessive watering can cause root diseases.