There are over 70 species of Xanthosoma, but only a few have made it to being a houseplant. They originate from South-America, where they grow inside the jungle. They love this humid and warm climate. Due to these perfect growing conditions, their leaves can become 40 to 200 centimetres long! So if you take really good care of your Xanthosoma, who knows how big she might get!

Xanthosoma Plant Care Tips

The Xanthosoma prefers to be in a medium humid environment, a humidity of 60% or slightly higher would be perfect. When she lives in a lower humidity, she can get brown and crispy edges. Any spots left inside your bathroom or kitchen? Your Xanthosoma would love to grow inside these naturally more humid spaces. For her potting mix, she prefers a chunky mix that is rich in organic materials. We would advise a mix of 60% soil, 15% bark, 10% coconut fibre, 10% charcoal and 5% perlite.

Light and placement for Xanthosoma

The Xanthosoma would like to grow inside medium or bright indirect light. This plant is known to grow well under artificial light, so if you have an urban jungle with lower light conditions, the Xanthosoma could still be a perfect fit.

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Your Xanthosoma needs water whenever the top of the soil is starting to feel dry. This will happen faster when the temperature is high and the humidity low. This is also why you will have to water your plant less in winter, since the temperature is lower and the water from the soil will evaporate slower.


You can provide your Xanthosoma with some nutrition during the growing season. About once a month would be sufficient for her. You can add our PLNTS nutrition to your water and give it as you normally would.

Propagating Xanthosoma

The Xanthosoma grows from tubers. So whenever you decide to repot your Xanthosoma, you can find extra tubers. You can plant these and there will grow a brand new Xanthosoma from. You can also propagate your plant by division. Find separate rhizomes and untangle the roots. Shared roots can be cut with clean shears.

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Most common pests on Xanthosoma

The most common pests on Xanthosoma include mealybugs, spider mites, thrips and scale. You can visit our PLNTS doctor page for more information on pests and how to treat it.

Are Xanthosoma poisonous for your pets or children?

The plant is toxic when ingested, for both humans and animals. Having a noble can cause all kinds of symptoms, so be careful with this plant around pets and children.

Xanthosoma plant for sale

Is this easy to care for, pretty plant something for you? At PLNTS.com you can buy Xanthosoma online, like the Xanthosoma Sagittifolium Variegata. Whether you like your plants big from the start or prefer to grow them from tiny BabyPLNTS into full-grown PLNTS - we’ve got you covered!

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