This plant is not easy to grow: it demands even warmth and a humid atmosphere.
It is a good candidate for a terrarium, where these conditions can be easily provided.
The upper surface of the highly decorative lance-shaped leaves is puckered, and they are heavily marked with silver which gives the plant a frosted or metallic appearance.
Small rosy pink, three-petaled flowers appear in summer.
Sonerila Margaritacea Fact File
ORIGIN Java to Burma.
HEIGHT To 10in/25cm.
POTTING MIX Peat-moss-based, with added leaf mold and coarse sand for good drainage.
REPOTTING Move into a pot one size larger each spring; a shallow pot is most suitable.
PROPAGATION Take stem cuttings in spring and summer. A heated propagator will aid rooting.
KEEPING PLANTS Older, larger plants tend to lose their bottom leaves and are best replaced with cuttings when they begin to get leggy.
Sonerila Margaritacea Plant Care
- Bright, filtered light all year-round; no direct sun.
- A minimum of 65°F/18°C in winter; 70°F/21°C and more in the growing season.
- Keep the soil just moist during active growth; water more sparingly in winter.
- Mist the foliage often and stand the pot on a tray of moist gravel.
- Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks in spring and summer.