How to grow and care for Sanchezia Plant Indoors

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Houseplant, Sanchezia Plant

Botanical name: Sanchezia nobilis 
Syn. Sanchezia speciosa
Family: Acanthaceae

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 are attractive but the large leaves up to 12 in. long provide the main display with their yellow or ivory veins. It can grow to a height of 10 ft and requires regular pruning to control its growth. Sanchezia Plant is native to the lowlands of tropical South and Central America, where it grows as an understory plant. The plant is named after Jose Sanchez, a 19th century professor of botany at Cadiz, Spain. Zanchezia is similar in appearance to the more popular Aphelandra squarrosa (Zebra Plant), which is much smaller, growing to a height of 2 ft.

How to Grow Sanchezia Plant

Light

Sanchezia Plant prefers bright light away from direct sunshine. Direct sunshine can cause sun scorch marks on the leaves. In low light the plant becomes straggly and may not flower. Learn how to ensure your plant receives the correct light in this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Water

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. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to avoid waterlogging as it can lead to root-rot. Learn more on how to water houseplants.

Temperature

Average warmth between 18-260C during the growing season is ideal for Sanchezia Plant. Keep the plant away from draughts at it can lead to brown leaf tips and edges. Learn more on temperature for houseplants.

Humidity

Sanchezia Plant grows best in humid conditions. Employ these techniques to raise humidity for the plant. Clean the leaves by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust.

Feeding

Feed Sanchezia Plant with a water-soluble fertilizer every 3-4 weeks during the growing season. Withhold feeding in the cold season as growth is minimal. Find out more on how to feed houseplants.

Repotting

Repot a young Sanchezia Plant at the beginning of the growing season into a pot 1 size larger than the previous one. Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to prevent waterlogging as it can lead to root-rot. Repot mature plants at the beginning of the growing season only when the plant becomes pot-bound.

Pruning

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. Cutback the stems after flowering when the plant becomes overgrown to rejuvenate growth.

How to Propagate Sanchezia Plant

Sanchezia Plant can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season 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 in rooting hormone and insert the cut end into moist free-draining soil. Cover the set up with clear polythene to increase humidity and warmth. Place in a shaded place and maintain the soil moist until the cuttings are rooted. Allow substancial growth before transplanting the new plant.

Common Problems in Growing Sanchezia Plant

  • Brown leaf spots
  • Brown Leaf spots in Sanchezia Plant are sunscorch marks caused by exposure to direct hot sunshine: keep the plant away from direct sunshine.

  • Brown soft spots
  • Waterlogging is the cause of brown soft spots in Sanchezia Plant; ensure the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to avoid waterlogging.

  • No blooms
  • Too little light is the reason for no blooms in Sanchezia Plant. The plant requires bright light but away from direct hot sunshine.

  • Brown leaf tips and edges
  • Low humidity is the cause of brown leaf tips and edges in Sanchezia Plant. Employ these techniques to raise humidity for the plant.

  • Wilted and droopy leaves
  • Underwatering or too high temperature are the causes of wilted and droopy leaves in Sanchezia Plant. Maintain the soil consistently moist during the growing period and maintain an average room temperature. Protect the plant from cold and hot air draughts.

  • Leaf curl and leaf drop
  • Too low temperature is the cause of leaf curl and leaf drop in Sanchezia Plant. Protect the plant from cold draughts and or maintain average room temperature within the range of 18-260C.

  • Pests
  • 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 raise humidity.

Toxicity

Sanchezia Plant (Sanchezia nobilis) produces a sap that may cause skin irritation in sensitive people. Always wear gloves when handling. The plant is non-toxic to humans and pets. It is safe to grow in the home.

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