Homalomena Care & Growing Guide

Homalomena is a tropical plant that belongs to the Araceae family. It is native to Southeast Asia and can be grown both indoors and outdoors. Homalomena is popular for its ornamental value, as it features striking foliage that adds a touch of lushness to any space.

In this article, we will discuss the different aspects of caring for Homalomena, including watering, pruning, repotting, and the different varieties available.

Caring for Homalomena

Homalomena is a low-maintenance plant that is relatively easy to care for, making it a really popular plant among gardeners who want a lush, green indoor gardening space but aren’t trying to spend hours and hours caring for their plants. Here are some tips for taking care of your plant:

Lighting: Homalomena prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate low-light conditions. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight as this can scorch the leaves.

Temperature: This tropical houseplant prefers temperatures between 60-85°F (15-29°C). It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures but is sensitive to frost. It’s important to keep your plant within this temperature range to ensure it grows well!

Watering: Homalomena prefers to be kept slightly moist but can tolerate periods of dryness. Water it when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. Avoid overwatering as this can lead to root rot.

Humidity: Homalomena prefers high humidity, so it is ideal to place it in a room with a humidifier or near a tray of water. You can also group your houseplants close together to increase how much humidity they exchange with one another. Misting your plants daily will also increase the humidity.

Fertilizer: Homalomena should be fertilized once a month during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.

Pruning Homalomena

Homalomena does not require much pruning. However, it is a good idea to remove any dead or yellowing leaves to keep the plant looking healthy. You can also trim back any overgrown stems to encourage bushier growth.

Here are the steps to prune a Homalomena plant:

  1. Inspect the plant: Before pruning, inspect the plant to determine which leaves need to be removed. Look for dead, yellowing, or damaged leaves, as well as any stems that are overgrown or leggy.
  2. Choose the right tool: Use a clean, sharp pair of pruning shears or scissors to make a clean cut. This will help prevent damage to the plant.
  3. Cut at the base of the leaf stem: To remove a leaf, cut it at the base of the stem where it attaches to the main stem. Make sure to cut at a 45-degree angle to promote healing.
  4. Remove overgrown stems: If you notice that your Homalomena has overgrown stems, you can trim them back to promote bushier growth. Cut the stem just above a leaf node, which is where a leaf attaches to the stem.
  5. Dispose of the cuttings: Remove the cut leaves and stems from the plant and dispose of them. Do not leave them on the soil or in the pot as they can attract pests and diseases.


Homalomena comes in various species, each with distinct foliage. Each variety of this tropical houseplant brings a unique feel to your indoor gardening space. Here are some of the most popular varieties:

  1. Homalomena ‘Emerald Gem’: This variety has dark green leaves with silver markings on the veins. It is a small plant that grows up to 1-2 feet tall.
  2. Homalomena ‘Maggy’: This variety has striking pink and green leaves that can grow up to 3 feet tall.
  3. Homalomena ‘Selby’: This variety has large, deep green leaves with prominent veins. It can grow up to 5 feet tall, so be sure to give it plenty of space to grow!

Repotting Homalomena

Homalomena should be repotted every 2-3 years to provide fresh soil and room for growth. It is best to repot in the spring when the plant is actively growing. Choose a pot that is one size larger than the current pot and use a well-draining soil mix.

This tropical plant is a beautiful and easy-to-care-for plant that is perfect for adding a touch of tropical lushness to any space. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can keep your Homalomena healthy and thriving.

Thomas Nelson
Gardening Expert
Hi! I'm Thomas, one of the founders of The Garden Magazine. I come from a long line of gardeners who used the art of gardening as a way to live long, healthy lives. I'm here to share my knowledge of gardening with the world!