What do I need?
• Ornamental planter
• Potting soil
• Hydro grains (optional)
How do I plant the Xanthosoma in a pot?
This houseplant is delivered in a standard growers’ pot. It’s best for the growth of the Xanthosoma to plant it in an ornamental planter. Select a planter that is at least 20 percent larger than the growers’ pot.
Cover the bottom of the ornamental planter with a layer of potting soil. Does the ornamental planter have a hole? Then start with a layer of hydro grains, so the water can drain away. The Xanthosoma should be 1 to 2 cm below the rim. Remove the growers’ pot and place the plant in the middle of the ornamental planter. Fill the pot with fresh potting soil and press it down slightly.
Xanthosoma 'Frozen Planet' - PlantXanthosoma sagittifolium 'Frozen Planet'
You probably won’t be surprised by its nickname, ‘Elephant's Ear’. With its beautiful large leaves, the Xanthosoma ‘Frozen Planet’ is an impressive apparition in your living room! Solid deep red stems support the leaf. The wax layer on the stems gives the plant a mystical appearance. It even reminds you of icy dew! Yet this Xanthosoma needs warmth and light, but the hot midday sun is too much of a good thing.Show more
Show moreWhat do I need?
• Watering can
• Fertiliser for green plants
• Plant sprayer
How do I care for the Xanthosoma?
For best growth, water the Xanthosoma weekly. Dissolve a little green plant fertiliser in the irrigation water every second week. In summer, it may be necessary to water the plant twice a week, if the potting soil feels dry.
Good air humidity of 60 to 90 percent is also important. Otherwise, the leaf edges may dry out. Therefore, spray the leaves regularly when the air is dry. The Murdannia prefers a bright spot out of the sun.
Xanthosoma means yellow (xanthos) body (soma). Some species have a yellow tissue in the tuber. This genus is known for its thick rhizomes or tubers with a milky sap. Many species are also edible. As a food crop, the plant is known as malanga, tannia or tayler. The tubers can be eaten like potatoes, and they are rich in starch.