Homalomena Maggie Plant
Homalomena rubescens ‘maggy’ is native of Assam or Bangladesh, Southern Asia. It enjoys the damp, humid environment of the rainforest floor, receiving soft dappled light through the canopy.
Part of the ever popular aroid family, Homalomenas are the lesser known relative of philodendrons, so make for an unusual, eye-catching houseplant.
Planting and care
- Light: Thrives in medium indirect filtered light, can tolerate lower light but growth will
slow. Too much sun will scorch the foliage.
- Water: Keep soil moist using water at room temperature, but do not allow the plant to
sit in water. Aerate the soil before watering. In cooler temperatures reduce watering.
- Humidity: Moderate-high humidity, Maggy does well in normal household conditions,
but keep away from heaters and cold draughts.
Temperature: Homalomena will thrive in temperatures of 16-32°C and is pretty
resilient to lower temperatures too.
- Soil: A free-draining organic potting mix which allows breathability for the roots.
- Fertilizer: This houseplant likes regular fertilising; twice a month during the growing
season (Spring and Summer). Use a balanced fertiliser and be sure to dilute correctly
as over-feeding can cause some damage to the plant. If the potting medium is
particularly dry, water lightly before feeding to avoid fertiliser burning the roots.
- Re-potting: These plants grow best when slightly root-bound, so don’t need to be
repotted regularly. The ideal time to re-pot is early Spring when the plant has actively
started growing after its winter rest. Roots ‘circling’ around the bottom of the nursery
pot is an indication that re-potting is needed. Increase pot size by just a few
centimetres, no drastic jumps.
- Pruning: It is sometimes necessary to prune Homalomena plants; using a sterile
blade, cut the stem approximately 5cm above soil level, do not tear the stem. If
possible, wait for old leaves to dry out before removing to allow the process of nutrient
transfer back to the main plant to be conducted.
- Propagation: Homalomena is best propagated by division during active growth, so
separate crowded plants into smaller pots in early Spring..