An attractive foliage clump forming plant grown for its glossy tropical looking foliage. Ctenanthe compressa is a clump-forming, evergreen perennial plant that can reach a height of 40 to 60 cm. It has large mid-green leaves. They are linear, entire and petiolate. It produces cymes of yellow tubular flowers.
Suitable for underplanting in your tropical garden and would look great in a bespoke pot.
It grows best in a well-drained, peat based, indoor potting soil.
Water your plant regularly during the growing season and always keep the soil moist but never allow your plant to sit in water. During the winter season, reduce watering and you can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering.
Fertilize your plant every two weeks with a half-diluted liquid fertilizer during the active growth period (spring and summer). It’s not necessary to fertilize in the winter and fall.
It can be easily propagated by division of rooted offshoots or by cuttings. In spring take cuttings 20-30 cm long with three or four leaves and trim off any leaf-stalk sheaths that would be below the soil surface when planted.
High humidity is very important for these plants. If the air is dry, place your Ctenanthe on a pebble tray filled with water. Be sure the plant is sitting on the pebbles and not in the water.
Re-pot during spring season once every 2 years, just in a somewhat bigger pot if the roots have consumed all the space with the present pot.
Pests and Diseases:
It has no serious pest and disease problems. Watch for Mealy Bugs, Spider mites, and Aphids. Treat spider mites with insecticidal soap.