June 7, 2022
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Homalomena sp. ‘Selby’. This plant belongs to the Araceae or Aroid family and is native to the humid rainforests of Southeastern Asia. Homalomena are known for their large, waxy green leaves. The variety we most often carry at Tonkadale is Selby. This hybrid Homalomena has a lighter green leaf with dark green mottling. This variety is our number 1 choice because it stays more compact than other varieties.
Let’s talk about care. The name isn’t easy, but the care is! Place your Homalomena in medium, indirect sun indoors. This is a slower growing plant especially with lower light. Direct sun will cause leaf scorch and fading. Homalomena are going to do best in a light, well-draining soil. We recommend using the Sol Soils Houseplant Mix. Make sure your pot has drainage, never allow your plant to sit in damp soil for too long. Water when the first 1-2 inches of soil become dry. With longer days, brighter light, and active growth in the summer months your plant will require a bit more water. Fertilize twice per month during the growing season to encourage root and leaf development. We like Schultz All Purpose Liquid Plant Food at ½ strength. Like most tropical plants Homalomena likes a warm environment; make sure to keep away from any cold drafts. We love the Continuous Spray Bottle to add extra humidity. Homalomena have rhizomatous roots, which means they can be propagated by their rhizomes just like an Alocasia! Keep an eye out for pests like spider mites and mealy bugs. Have a bottle of Bonide Eight Insect Control at the ready so that you can treat upon first inspection.