How to Grow Never Never Plant

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The Never Never Plant is a unique foliar specimen with a boost of colors! Grow it today to bring a flare of lush tropical display indoors!

Never Never Plant

Famous for its gorgeous foliage with vivid colors, this Prayer Plant cultivar is the first choice of houseplant growers. If you too want to have this beauty indoors, then learn How to Grow Never Never Plant!

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Never Never Plant Profile

Member of the Marantaceae family, the Never Never plant features long, lanced-shaped foliage with green, pale yellow, and cream colors variegated in an intricated fishbone pattern. Not just the deeply serrated variegation, but the plant is also popular for its foliage that folds inwards in the night, resembling praying hands.

Also, their bushy growth pattern is a view to admire. Grow it in showy, glazed containers to double the charm.

Botanical Name: Ctenanthe oppenheimiana

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Never Never Plant Propagation

Never Never plant propagation is a novice’s task via stem cuttings. Simply cut 4-6 inches long stem and plant it in well-draining soil. Water well and keep the pot where it gets plenty of bright and indirect light.  You’ll notice new roots emerging in 40-50 days.

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Requirements for Growing Never Never Plant

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Place the plant in a spot where it can enjoy 5-6 hours of bright indirect sunlight. The more light it will get, the better the colors are going to be!

Remember not to expose it to the direct afternoon sun that will otherwise scorch the leaves leading to faded foliage with brown spots. Whereas too much shade will turn the leaves leggy and stunt their growth.


Keep the medium evenly moist but not boggy. Examine the top layer of the soil and water whenever it seems dry. Cut down on watering in the winter months to prevent root rot.


A moist but well-draining potting mix will help the plant to thrive well. Combine sphagnum moss or coco coir and perlite with a fistful of aged manure for the perfect blend. Make sure that the medium retains moisture but is not heavy or contaminated.

Temperature & Humidity

The Never Never Plant appreciates a temperature range of 60-85 F or 16-29 C for healthy growth. Do not expose it to temperatures below 50 F or 10 C, as that will stunt its growth. While extremely high temperatures will fade its variegation, affecting the growth. Keep the plant away from cold or heat drafts.

Native to the rainforests, the plant loves high humidity. You may keep it near the bathroom windows or use a humidifier or pebble tray to make up for the dry days.

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Never Never Plant Care



Feed the plant with a diluted liquid fertilizer, after diluting it to 1/2 of its strength, once every 4-6 weeks. Ensure not to overfertilize to prevent salt build-up that will lead to root rot. Also, avoid feeding it in winter.

Pests & Diseases

The Never Never plant is resistant to most pests. However, keep an eye on occasional mealybugs, thrips, and spider mites infestation. Swipe them with a cotton pad dabbed in organic neem oil or rubbing alcohol to remove the pesky pests.

Also, ensure not to overwater and place it in good air circulation to keep potential diseases at bay.

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