Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’

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Chlorophytum comosum is part of the Asparagaceae family and is native to tropical and southern Africa. Linear leaves have a central dark green stripe and white margins. The leaves arch backwards to form a fountain-like shape. Its arching racemes bear white flowers with a plantlet in the inflorescence. 

Genus name comes from the Greek ‘Chloro’ meaning green and ‘phyto’ meaning plant. The specific epithet comes from the Greek ‘Kome’ meaning ‘tufts of hair’.

Pot: ø 15cm.

Height: Approximately 35cm from base of pot. 

Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive.

Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out. Before watering, ensure the substrate isn’t compacted, if it is, aerate it with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.

Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.

Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.

Temperature: 15-26˚C.

Humidity: Average home humidity is fine.

Chlorophytum comosum is non-toxic.