How to grow and care for Sanchezia Plant (Sanchezia nobilis) Indoors

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Sanchezia Plant, Sanchezia nobilis

Botanical name: Sanchezia nobilis
Syn. Sanchezia speciosa
Family: Acanthaceae
Common names: Sanchezia Plant, Golden Vein Plant

Sanchezia Plant Description

Sanchezia Plant also called Golden Vein Plant is a striking perennial shrub which bears yellow tubular flowers in upright clusters above the foliage.

The blooms in Golden Vein Plant are attractive but the large leaves up to 12 in. long provide the main display with their yellow or ivory veins.

The Sanchezia Plant is named after Jose Sanchez, a 19th century professor of botany at Cadiz, Spain.

Sanchezia Plant Size

Sanchezia Plant can grow to a height of 10 ft and requires regular pruning to control its growth.

Sanchezia Plant Origin

Sanchezia Plant is native to the lowlands of tropical South and Central America, where it grows as an understory plant.

Sanchezia Plant Similar Plants

Sanchezia Plant is similar in appearance to the more popular Aphelandra squarrosa (Zebra Plant), which is much smaller, growing to a height of 2 ft only.

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Sanchezia Plant, Sanchezia nobilis

Sanchezia Plant (Sanchezia nobilis) Care Indoors

Sanchezia Plant Light Requirements

Sanchezia Plant grows best in bright light away from direct sunshine. Direct sunshine can cause sun scorch marks on the leaves. It can also grow under a grow light where natural light is not sufficient

In low light Golden Vein Plant becomes leggy and may not flower. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water Sanchezia Plant

Water Sanchezia Plant thoroughly during the growing season and maintain the soil consistently moist thorough out the season.

Reduce watering during the cold season to maintain the soil slightly moist. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease.


Temperature for Sanchezia Plant

Average warmth between 18-260C during the growing season is ideal for your Sanchezia Plant.

Keep your Golden Vein Plant away from draughts at it can lead to brown leaf tips and edges. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Sanchezia Plant

Sanchezia Plant thrives in humid conditions. To raise humidity, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Regularly clean the leaves by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust and also discourage pest infestation. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Sanchezia Plant

Feed Sanchezia Plant with a water-soluble fertilizer every 3-4 weeks during the growing season.

Withhold feeding during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time may cause fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot Sanchezia Plant

Repot a young Sanchezia Plant at the beginning of the growing season into a pot 1 size larger than the current one.

Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease.

Repot mature Golden Vein Plants at the beginning of the growing season only when the plant becomes pot-bound.

Soil for Sanchezia Plant

The best soil for Sanchezia Plant should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients.

Most multi-purpose potting mixes are ideal for Golden Vein Plant. Buy quality potting mix for your Sanchezia Plant from Etsy.

How to Prune Sanchezia Plant

Pruning Sanchezia Plant involves removal of any dead leaves to keep it neat and tidy.

Pinch the growing tips to encourage a bushy and compact growth for your Golden Vein Plant.

Cutback the stems after flowering when the plant becomes overgrown to rejuvenate growth. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Sanchezia Plant (Sanchezia nobilis) Propagation

Sanchezia Plant can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from stem cuttings.

How to propagate Sanchezia Plant from stem cuttings

Take 3-4 in. of Sanchezia Plant stem cuttings. Ensure each cutting has at least 2-3 leaf nodes.

Dip the cut end of the cutting in a rooting hormone and insert the cut end into moist, free-draining soil.

Cover the set up with clear polythene to increase humidity and warmth to hasten rooting.

Place the set up in a warm, brightly-lit place and maintain the soil moist until the Golden Vein Plant cuttings are rooted.

Allow substancial growth before transplanting the new Sanchezia Plant after which you can begin routine care.

Sanchezia Plant, Sanchezia nobilis

Sanchezia Plant (Sanchezia nobilis) Problems Indoors

Sanchezia Plant brown leaf spots

Brown leaf spots in Sanchezia Plant are sunscorch marks caused by exposure of the plant to direct hot sunshine.

Keep your Golden Vein Plant away from direct sunshine or instal a light curtain to protect it from direct hot sunlight.

Sanchezia Plant brown soft leaf spots

Brown soft leaf spots in Sanchezia Plant are due to too wet soil (soggy soil) or overwatering causing the soil to be saturated with water.

Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to prevent the soil from getting soggy. Also, reduce watering in the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

Sanchezia Plant not blooming

Too little light is the reason why Sanchezia Plant is not blooming. Sanchezia Plant requires bright light away from direct hot sunshine inorder to thrive.

Move your Golden Vein Plant to a brighter spot where it will receive bright light away from direct hot sunshine or instal a grow light where the natural light is not sufficient.

Sanchezia Plant brown leaf tips and edges

Brown leaf tips and edges in Sanchezia Plant are caused by too dry air which results in low air humidity.

To raise humidity for Golden Vein Plant, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Sanchezia Plant wilted and drooping leaves

Wilted and drooping leaves in Sanchezia Plant are caused by underwatering or too high temperature.

Maintain the soil consistently moist during the growing period and maintain an average room temperature. Protect your Golden Vein Plant from cold and hot air draughts.

Sanchezia Plant curled leaves and leaf drop

Leaf curl and leaf drop in Sanchezia Plant are caused by too low temperature brought about by cold draughts (drafts).

Protect Golden Vein Plant from cold draughts and maintain average room temperature within the range of 18-260C.

Sanchezia Plant pests

The common pests in Sanchezia Plant are Scale Insects, Spider Mites, Mealy Bugs and Aphids especially where the air is too dry.

Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

To reduce the occurence of these pests, raise humidity by setting the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Is Sanchezia Plant (Sanchezia nobilis) toxic?

Sanchezia Plant (Sanchezia nobilis) produces a sap that may cause skin irritation in sensitive people therefore always wear gloves when handling Sanchezia plant.

However, a research directed by C. Daehler (UH Botany) at Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) found that Sanchezia plant is non-toxic to humans and pets. It is safe to grow in the home but should not be eaten.

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