Twinkle, twinkle little triostar, we admire your leaves from near and far
on your desk or on a shelf so high, you're the apple of our plant lady eye!
While it's not quite a universe far, far away, this "Triostar" Stromanthe hails from the distant climes of the humid, subtropical forests in Brazil. What's the key to making your Stromanthe feel right at home? Bring a little bit of the Brazilian rainforest to you!
Since humidity is the way to your new plant pal's heart, make it muggy with the help of a spritz bottle. While you'll get brownie points from your triostar if you can make this a daily habit, you'll also earn passing marks for weekly mists! Pro tip: another way to create a humid environment for your Stromanthe is to add a couple rocks between the metal vessel and the plastic pot the triostar is planted in. This magic trick works with the runoff from your watering sessions. Excess H2O will gather in this space and create a pocket of moisture right where your little lady needs it: at her roots!
Location, location, location! When picking the perfect spot for this little lady in your space, find a spot a few feet from a sunny window. Bright but indirect light is the key to keeping your Stromanthe happy! Pro tip: if you notice her leaves beginning to brown on the edges, she's telling you she's getting a little too much heat. Move her a few feet further away from that window!
Consistent watering is the key to success for all indoor plants - time to get on a schedule! Start with watering your triostar with 1/2 to 1 cup of water once a week. How will you know that's right? If your environment is drier and hotter, start with the higher end of the recommendation (and vice-versa).
Make sure your Stromanthe is staying hydrated by testing the soil. Insert your finger 1" into the dirt - i t should feel slightly moist to the touch. If you're finding the soil on the drier side, try increasing the amount of water at the weekly hydration session. Conversely, if the soil is feels overly damp to the touch, dial back the amount of water.