Attractive Homalomena Houseplants For Your House
Tropical in origin, Homalomena plants are revered for their foliage and make tidy, attractive houseplants. Homalomenas are tropical to subtropical native plants found in such humid climes of Columbia, Costa Rica, Borneo, Java, Sumatra, Malaysia and the Philippines. Nearly 135 species of Homalomena plants can be found in the rainforest floors of southern Asia east to Melanesia. These indigenous florae are among the more than 100 species of tropical plants in the aroid family of Araceae. Through Central America and northern South America, there are 12 additional species of growing Homalomena plants alone. Homalomena foliage and stems run the gamut from deep greens to reds, burgundies, and copper tones. Appearing to be waxen, the leaves are of a heart or semi-heart shape speaking to the common names for Homalomena: “queen of hearts” or “shield plant.” Homalomena houseplants have attractive but very few finger-like blooms.
Homalomena care as houseplants will require an optimal temperature of between 60-90 F. (16-32 C.). Tropical indeed! That said, growing Homalomena plants can withstand temperatures as low as 40 F. (4 C.) with little to no damage. Homalomena houseplants do well in medium to low light exposures but truly thrive in medium light conditions. An over abundance of sun can scorch the foliage, causing burnt spots on the leaves. Homalomena care will also include a regular watering schedule. Homalomena plants do not like to be dry, nor do they like to be sitting in water. Saturate the soil and be sure to provide good drainage.