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Never-Never Plant, Oppenheim's Ctenanthe 'Tricolor'

Ctenanthe oppenheimiana

Family: Marantaceae
Genus: Ctenanthe (tee-NANTH-ee) (Info)
Species: oppenheimiana (o-pen-hiem-ee-AY-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Tricolor

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Hayward, California

Bartow, Florida

Sanford, Florida

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Haiku, Hawaii

Forest Grove, Oregon

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jan 21, 2016, Mauimaggie from Haiku, HI wrote:

Planted in Haiku Hi (zone 11). Great grower in moist shade with poor clay soil.. However, it gets pretty beaten up if planted in more exposed and/or drier areas. Recovers well when it rains, but definitely not for sunny, dry, or windy conditions. Can become rather leggy as it matures and requires some light pruning. Great pop of color in shady areas.

Negative

On Oct 23, 2013, patricktjoyce from Hudson, MA wrote:

After purchasing this bustling Tricolor from a local greenhouse, I re-potted it initially because the roots were busting out of the 8" pot. Next thing I knew the soil was foul and damp and the leaves kept showing more browning, rapidly. I then transplanted it to a larger pot with new soil and still, too moist and all the same problems. Just last night for the 3rd time I transplanted it to one size smaller pot - PLASTIC, and it is doing GREAT! Every few minutes I swear it looks healthier and happier. Thank goodness.

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