The Costus originates from the forest in Thailand. But before you purchase this plant you naturally want to know a number of things, right? Time to get acquainted with this exclusive plant.
The Origin of the Costus plant
The Costus plant is a strongly air-purifying houseplant with a unique appearance. Originally this species comes from the forest of Thailand. The Costus is characterised by it’s beautifully coloured leaves. These leaves are white and green mottled. The plant will also attract attention with the way it grows. The Costus grows in a kind of curly/ spiral shape which is a very special to see. The Costus is not a difficult plant to take care of. Place it in a spot with normal daylight, without any direct sunlight to stay at it’s best and most beautiful.
How to take care of your custos plant
Care of a plant is important. Whether the plant needs little or a lot of care, you as a plant owner must pay attention to it! That is why we have divided the care of this plant into the following parts, which makes it a bit easier for you:
- Water requirement
- Light and location
- Use of fertilizers
- Reproduction of the Monstera Adansonii
How do I take care of my Costus plant?
As we said earlier, taking care of the Monstera Adansonii is easy. However, the water requirement is an exception to this. You can say that this plant is quite picky when it comes to the amount and frequency of water. It is important to water the plant regularly. The soil should be slightly moist. The plant must not drown, too much water is not good for the Monstera Adansonii.
Fortunately the Costus plant is not a difficult plant to look after. This Costus houseplant has a very strong roots of it’s own which prevents the plant from sickness. Place the plant in a place with normal daylight without direct sunlight. Spray the leaves 2 to 3 times a week to keep the humidity high since the plant is used to this enviroment. The plant also likes a moist soil all the time.
What is the best location for my Costus plant?
The best location for the Costus plant is in normal daylight, without direct sunlight. Direct sunlight may cause burned leaves and stop the growth. If the Costus gets too little daylight, it will show you this by fading it’s leaf markings. If this is the case, we recommend moving the plant to a brighter spot with more daylight. The plant will then recover by itself.
How much water should I give my Costus plant?
The Costus plant likes a moist soil. But make sure that the soil does not stay wet for too long, this can cause root rot. Between the waterings, the top layer of potting soil should not dry out; it is important that the soil always stays moist here. Also, too much water can cause root rot so keep that in mind. Too little water will cause the leaves to droop and the leaf pattern to fade. In this case, you can give some extra water the next time you water. We also recommend that you keep a close eye on the soil in the beginning to see what the plant needs.
Is the Costus plant Toxic?
The Costus is not toxic for humans or animals. So you don’t have to put the plant in a safe place. However, a bite of the plant will not be very tasty and make you want to eat more.
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Common ailments of the Costus plant.
Yellow leaves can be a sign of the plant to tell you it has given too much water. In this case we advise you to give a little less water each time than you did before. Are the leaves yellow on the bottom of the Costus? Then it could just as well be old age of the lower leaves. The lowest leaves are the ones that grew first. So they will also be the one to die first. With the right care, new leaves will grow from the middle instead.
Curly, dry leaves
Curled and dry leaves can be a sign of too little water. In this case, you can feel into the soil with your fingers to see if it is really dry down here. If this is the case, you can water your plants a little more each time you water them.
Mould on the potting soil
Is there mould on the potting soil? No worries, this is actually a good sign! Mould can already be in the potting soil. Potting soil consists of a large part of naturally decomposed material. A warm living room and frequently watering the plant can bring the present mould to life. This may look a little dirty, but it is actually very good for the plant. Why? The plant gets extra nutrients from the mould to continue growing nicely; totally for free!
Buying a Costus plant at Botanic Bubble
All Costus plant species we sell come fresh from the grower. We pack them with care in specially made boxes. This way the plant is well and safely packed, to be delivered at your home. Order your unique Costus houseplant quickly and easily at Botanic Bubble.