I bought this at K-Mart and all it said was "tropical plant". I thought it was a ginger when I bought it, but when I put it close to my other gingers, they leaves were all wrong and the stems have "joints" in them. Is it a variegated Bird of Paradise?
Jen, I have already killed the Chinese Evergreen that I got about the same time. It seems to be pretty tough, uses more water than the Chinese Evergreen, about the same amount as a variegated ginger that is the same size. It doesn't seem to mind being in the coolest corner of the green house and the 45* minimums haven't bothered it. Of course, the humidity is always high in there and that might help.
wahoo! I know this one! I got it from MzMunchken a while back, and when I asked for the name, she gave me this. I have used this same name to identify the plant on another forum, and it seemed to go without argument.
Enjoy! It is a member of the maranta family, and that's why MzM sent it to me. Maranta's are one of my favorite houseplants.
Found this information:
PROPAGATION: Division is the principle method used to increase these plants in the spring or summer. Old plants are removed from their pots and the soil is washed away from the roots. The rhizomes are cut through with a sharp knife and the cut surfaces are dipped in sulphur. Take care not to bruise them, because this could cause them to decay. Pot the pieces in pots just large enough to hold the roots without cramping them. After potting, they should be placed in a propagating case with bottom heat to assist the growth of roots in the new compost. Stem cuttings may also be used in the summer.
Elaine, it is so cold here right now that I'd hate to try to get anything here alive in the mail. Later on, I'd sure like to give it a try. Thanks for asking. Just email me later when you have leaves to spare or are splitting yours and have to cut some leaves back. Thanks.