Spathacea Gold Rhoeo
Spathacea Gold Rhoeo with coppery-gold leaves and deep burgundy undersides add unusual colour to any garden or plant setting. Also known as Moses in a Cradle, it got this nickname from its flowers that look like they are cradled in tiny boat-shaped bracts. This humidity loving species, native of the North American tropics, needs highly drained soils that do not hold too much water.
Adopting and caring for a Rhoeo
Adopting: The need to add unusual colours and foliage varieties to a garden is a calling that only a true plant parent can understand. At eplants, we work hard to bring you display-ready plants with high-quality growth, compact shape and well-formed leaves
Locating: Spathacea Gold will thrive in bright light to direct sunlight. If you are locating them indoors, it’s best to rotate the plants once every few weeks, giving them a bright window or a balcony for a few days
Potting: A Spathacea Gold does not need special potting soil. Being a native of the tropical regions of Central America, they do well in any well-drained, potting soil that is rich with organic material. Use a mix of coco-peat, compost, sand in 20:60:20 ratio
Watering: Overwatering is the chief cause of disease or death of any plant. While this species needs regular watering, do ensure that you don’t overwater. In months with low humidity, misting the plants regularly could help improve the environment around the plant and help them flourish.
Fertilising: Feeding your Spathacea Gold a few times a year is a good way to get them to stay healthy. Give them some organic liquid-fertiliser once or twice a year. Dilute it in water, as described on the pack, and add a little to each pot as part of your watering routine. If you are using a chemical fertiliser, do ensure that you keep it away from the plant and its base.
Due to its ability to spread, Spathacea Gold makes a good groundcover plant and will add intense colour to many subtropical and tropical rock gardens, as well as to cacti and succulent setups.
Did you know
Natives living in areas where the plant originates, cooked and ate the roots of the plant and said they taste like oysters.