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Stephania Erecta FAQs

How do I care for my plant in winter?

When the temperature drops, you might notice your plant's leaves turn yellow and start to die back. Cut the stem and leave a few centimetres out of the bulb. Then fill a new terracotta pot half with soil and put the bulb at centre, then cover the whole bulb with remaining soil. Give it a good drink and place in a bright position. Water it as usual through winter as the plants still need water to survive!

Can I use spray bottle for watering bulbs? As the plants only have underground roots, no aerial roots, misting won't achieve much. The best way to add moisture is to water directly on soil.

Should I trim the plant?

The red colour at the rim of the leaf always comes after your leaf received enough sunlight for a while. This is the sign of a happy leaf. About 3-4 months later your leaves will get older, yellowish and dry. At this time, cut off all the leaves down to the bulb, with couple nodes on it for growing new sprouts. This will take courage, I totally understand 😅

What is this white fluffy stuff on my plant?

Sounds like Mealy Bugs! Treat any kind of infestation using a cotton swab and Mineral Oil (or insecticide of your choice). Spray onto the swab and gently rub across the stems and leaves. Make sure you treat ASAP - because the plant is small and delicate, pests can quickly kill your beloved Stephania!

Why does my plant have no leaves and only a long sprout?

Getting sprout takes time and growing leaves also... Many buyers successful getting sprout but the next problem is it has very long sprout without any leaves or very tiny leaves. This is solutions! The long sprout comes from lack of indirect sunlight. Firstly it really needs light to grow leaf. Please bring it closed to window or brighter area. Many buyers ask me what is the meaning of not too strong sunbeam/sunlight...if you stand where has sunbeam in your room and you feel hot or burning on your skin that is too strong. Mostly is from window facing West side in the afternoon...if your window facing west please bring it about 10/20 cm far away. And what is too dark...too dark you may notice from the very tiny leaves or a room/area that you need to switch on lighting when you write something or having shadow when you swipe your hand that is too dark for plant. Secondly, after got long sprout...we may need to cut it off to grow new twigs. The new twigs will grow from stems/nodes below cutting. This is exciting moment!!🤩🤩🤩 you can create brunches from cutting of your sprout!! And also the length you want...the photo below showing where I cut my sprout and the 2 twigs are growing from stems/nodes below my cutting. Generally the first new twig grows below cutting. If you want it has a short branch, please leave only 2-3 stems/nodes below your cutting. When it grow many leaves from new may grow a new twig from node where closer to the bulb.

Do you have any more questions? Shoot us a message and we'll be happy to help!

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