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Gfp Elastostema sp. (Thailand)

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This species is from southern Thailand and grows as an epiphyte on granite rock and potentially reaches 25-30cm of size when mature. Unlike Elatostema vittatum which has deep forest green foliage with a wide border of metallic silver, the pattern in this species is inverted such that the band of silver is right in the middle of the leaf.

Like many rock-dwelling plants, it should not be overwatered and be placed in standing water. Also, the plant prefers to be grown under the shade or filtered light, avoiding direct sunlight.

Light: Place the plant in a well-ventilated area where it receives dappled sunlight.

Water: Once or twice a day, water the plants thoroughly till excess water drains out of the pot. Do not allow the potting substrate to dry out completely.

Temperature: Plant tolerates temperatures from 26-32°C.

Fertilizer: To boost plant's overall health, feed it with a diluted concentration of water-soluble, balanced fertilizer that contains equal amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (e.g. N-P-K: 15-15-15) once every two weeks. Otherwise, a slow-release fertilizer (e.g. Osmocote) can be incorporated into the potting media, and to be replenished after about 2-3 months. Do follow the recommended dosage indicated on the fertilizer’s application instructions.

 

*Product photo shown is for reference only. Actual product may vary as each individual plant has its own appearance (colours, form and size), and pot colour may differ from photo.