How to care for your Homalomena

Varieties:
Shield Plant 'Maggy'
Homalomena rubescens ‘Maggy’
Homalomena 'Maggy'

What The Plant Needs

Welcome Home

When your Homalomena arrives home, be patient and give it time to acclimatise to its new surroundings.

Give it gentle attention; find a well-lit spot, and give it some water if the soil feels dry. It will likely appreciate a good glug of water when it first arrives on your doorstep. After a week or so, your Homalomena will start to feel at home and start to glow.

Position

Your Homalomena will enjoy in a bright position that gets plenty of morning or late-afternoon sunlight.

It's a good idea to place your Homalomena in a spot where it gets consistent light and warmth - like most houseplants, they will appreciate things staying the same and routine.

Keep them out of the midday sun, as this can scorch the leaves. Your Homalomena will prefer temperatures between 15-23˚C.

In winter don't be tempted to move your Homalomena closer to a radiator. Keep it away from radiators and cold draughts as they cause stress to houseplants.

In the summer months when it's hot, keep a close eye on your Homalomena. Wilting could mean they need more water, brown leaf edges could mean it's getting too much sun.

Watering

Check the top 5cm of soil in the pot with your finger - if it comes out dry, it's time to water.

Don't leave the plant standing in water, so make sure the water can drain away. It's a good idea to check the soil more often in summer when the weather is warmer, as your Homalomena might need a little more water than in the cold winter months.

Don't forget to mist your Homalomena often or use a cool-mist room humidifier to raise the humidity in the air around it.

Feeding

Homalomena will benefit from being fed with a general houseplant fertiliser, as these tend to be nitrogen-rich and will keep the leaves green and lush.

Feed every 2 weeks in spring, summer and autumn when the Homalomena is in its growth phase.

In winter, these plants will go dormant and won't grow, so there's no need to feed.

Diseases & Pests

Houseplant pests are a common cause of plant issues, particularly in the warmer months.

It's a good idea to check the leaves every now and again to be on the look out for small insects on your Homalomena.

Yellowing or browning leaves can sometimes be signs of pests, disease, nutrient issues, or watering issues.

When in doubt, contact us at Sproutl with a photograph of the problem so we can help you.

Maintenance

Don't be put off by the idea of re-potting your Homalomena.

You'll want to repot your Homalomena when the roots are visible through the drainage holes of the pot, and ideally in spring.

Choose a pot that's slightly larger than its current home, with drainage holes so that water can drain easily.

If you're re-potting directly into a decorative pot that has a drainage hole, don't forget a saucer, or simply use a nursery pot placed inside the decorative pot or basket which can be easily emptied of excess water.

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