Care of Mikado Plants


Mikado plants (Syngonanthus chrysanthus) are unusual plants that are native to Brazil. Grown indoors or in greenhouses in most parts of the world, Mikado plants sprout a single cream-gold flower at the end of each stem, which can grow up to 13 1/2 inches long. The Mikado's grass-like leaves grow around the base of the plant. The Mikado plant blooms for about two or three months in the summer and enjoys higher humidity, around 70 percent.

Step 1

Plant your Mikado in a 6- to 8-inch planter pot that has drainage holes in the bottom. Plant the Mikado in a loose, well-draining potting mixture of equal parts humus and peat moss.

Step 2

Place your Mikado plant in a bathroom or another bright, warm spot to provide it the humidity and temperatures it needs. Maintain air temperatures around the Mikado of 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Water your Mikado three times each week to keep the potting mixture thoroughly moist at all times. Water the plant from the bottom by placing the planter pot in a bowl filled with about 3 inches of water.

Step 4

Mist your Mikado plant every day with a water-filled spray bottle. Misting the plant will also help to keep the humidity levels elevated.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't allow your Mikado plant to dry out. Water and mist your Mikado with distilled or filtered water if possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Planter pot
  • Humus
  • Peat moss
  • Large bowl
  • Water spray bottle
  • Distilled or filtered water


  • Syngonanthus chrysanthus 'Mikado'

Who Can Help

  • Syngonanthus chrysanthus Mikado
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