Ctenanthe burle-marxii is nicknamed the “Fishbone Prayer Plant” due to the unique leaf pattern. It is a low growing house plant that makes a bold statement. Its bright green leaves are striped with alternating lance-shaped bands, and have deep purple undersides and stems. A prefect easy-to-care for indoor pot plant. Ctenanthe burle-marxii is also called a prayer plant because their leaves lie flat by day, but fold upwards in the evenings.
Medium to bright, indirect light
Water once or twice a week. Allow grow medium to dry out between watering.
High humidity– mist periodically.
Normal room temperatures from 16-24°C but can cope with as low as 13°C.
Apply an organic liquid fertilizer once or twice a month during the growing season.
Nutrient rich, well-draining potting mix. Equal parts potting soil, peat and perlite works well.
The main threats include fungal rot, mealybugs, spider mites and direct sunlight.
If the leaves appear discoloured or scorched, it’s receiving too much light. Move the plant to a more shaded area.
Remove pests with organic pesticides or soapy water.
Fungal rot is a common issue, due to the high humidity these plants demand. If you detect any fungal growth, cut back on the watering frequency and cut away the infected areas.