You might not be able to pronounce his name but we promise that won’t even matter when you get your hands on this bad boy. With delicate green leaves and red-tinged stems, he stands out among the plant crowd.
Scientific name: Homalomena rubescens ‘maggy’
Difficulty level: medium
Maggy likes medium indirect light but can survive in lower light if you’re happy for her to grow quite slowly. No direct sun or the leaves will burn.
Maggy likes to be kept slightly moist but not drenched. Allow the top 2 inches of soil to dry out before each water and be sure not to leave any water in the tray.
Spritz regularly to keep the leaf tips from browning and help with humidity.
Feed with a slow-release fertiliser once every four months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow- release fertiliser to last the first 4 months).
During the warmer months, she likes a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) monthly, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch her sprout fresh new leaves.
Yellow leaves are typical for this gal as she grows new leaves and discards some of the older ones. But if you are noticing several yellow leaves at once on the reg then it is a sign, something is wrong.
Usually, it will be a sign of too much water, too often so try easing up a little and let it dry out more between watering. Also look for bugs as that can cause stress on the plant and create yellowing leaves.
She’s also a little sensitive to draughts and doesn’t love the cold weather, so try to keep her in a warm spot in the cooler months.
Use a moisture metre stick to check the soil every few days rather than having to dig in the soil with your finger.