For many plant collectors, the process of finding new and interesting plants can be quite exciting. Whether choosing to grow new selections in the ground or indoors in pots, the addition of unique flowers and foliage can add life and vibrance to green spaces. Many varieties of houseplants can be found growing natively in warm and tropical regions throughout the world. One plant, called Mikado (Syngonanthus chrysanthus), is beloved for its odd shape and structure.
What is a Mikado Plant?
Mikado plants, also known as Syngonanthus Mikado, are flowering ornamentals native to the swamps of Brazil. Growing up to 14 inches (35 cm.) tall, these spiky plants produce tall globular flowers. Before opening, the ball-shaped flowers range in color from white to cream. These flowers provide a beautiful contrast when in bloom held above the grass-like foliage.
Mikado Indoor Plant Care
To begin growing Mikado plants indoors, gardeners will first need to purchase a transplant from a reputable garden center or online retailer. Doing so will ensure that the plant grows true to type and is disease free.
Growing Mikado plants will require a bit of special care as well. In most climates, these plants will need to be grown indoors as an ornamental houseplant. Indoors, the plant enjoys plenty of bright light.
Due to their native growing regions, these plants will require temperatures that are warm, at least 70 degrees F. (21 C.), and will need ample humidity (70% or higher). For this reason, many growers choose to keep potted plants in bathroom window sills or you can grow them on a water-filled tray of pebbles.
Soil requirements of this plant will also need special consideration. Since it is native to swamp lands, it will be important that the growing medium is able to retain some moisture. This does not mean, however, that soil should remain excessively wet. Excessively wet soil may lead to root rot and to the demise of the Mikado plant. The soil will also need to be rich and slightly acidic. This can be achieved by the incorporation of humus and peat into the planting mix.