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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Mikado Plant Care

Mikado is a member of the Eriocaulaceae family. The stems typically reach 8 to 12 inches tall. The Mikado plant's native environment includes a moisture level that may be uncomfortable for most homes, because the plants prefer 60 to 80 percent humidity. Another option is to keep the plant in the kitchen, which is generally more humid than other rooms in the house. Like many houseplants, Mikado may be vulnerable to aphid infestations. If you see the pests or their honeydew secretions, control them with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Tip

Try to achieve a potting mix pH of 4.0 to 5.0, as the Mikado plant enjoys an acidic potting mixture. Provide bright but indirect light.

Warning

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

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