Ctenanthe lubbersiana ’Variegata’ (Bamburanta)

Ctenanthe lubbersiana ’Variegata’ - Bamburanta

Ctenanthe lubbersiana Variegata (Bamburanta) is an ornamental evergreen perennial shrub. It has a finer tracery of golden venation through the leaves. It is mostly grown as a pot plant indoors but can be grown as a ground cover in tropical climates.

Scientific classification:

Family Name: Marantaceae
Scientific Name: Ctenanthe lubbersiana ’Variegata’
Common Names: Bamburanta

Ctenanthe lubbersiana Variegata - Bamburanta

How to care and grow Ctenanthe lubbersiana ’Variegata’ (Bamburanta)?

Light:

Ctenanthe lubbersiana variegata thrives best in bright, indirect light. Will tolerate some degree of shade, however, insufficient light may cause loss of variegation in the leaves. If there is too much light, the colors in the leaves fade.

Soil:

Bamburanta plant grows best in a well-drained, peat based, indoor potting soil.

Temperature:

It prefers normal temperatures between 60 degrees Fahrenheit – 80 degrees Fahrenheit, avoid temperatures below 12 degrees Celsius / 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Lower temperatures can damage the leaves of this plant.

Water:

Water your plant regularly during the growing season and always keep the soil moist but never allow your plant to sit in water. During the winter season, reduce watering and you can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering.

Fertilizer:

Fertilize your plant every two weeks with a half-diluted liquid fertilizer during the active growth period (spring and summer). It’s not necessary to fertilize in the winter and fall.

Propagation:

Bamburanta plant can be easily propagated by division of rooted offshoots or by cuttings. In spring, take cuttings 4 – 5 inches long with three or four leaves and trim off any leaf-stalk sheaths that would be below the soil surface when planted.

Humidity:

High humidity is very important for these plants. If the air is dry, place your Ctenanthe plant on a pebble tray filled with water. Be sure the plant is sitting on the pebbles and not in the water.

Re-potting:

Re-pot during spring season once every 2 years, just in a somewhat bigger pot if the roots have consumed all the space with the present pot.

Pests and Diseases:

Ctenanthe lubbersiana variegata has no serious pest and disease problems. Watch for Mealy Bugs, Spider mites, and Aphids. Treat spider mites with insecticidal soap.

Last updated on August 21st, 2021

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