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Emerald Gem Homalomena

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  • Fantastic Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light)
  • Fast-Draining Indoor Potting Soil
  • Mature Height 18-32 inches

Emerald Gem Homalomena is a member of the Philodendron plant family and has deep-green, glossy leaves. The foliage is beautiful and makes this plant an excellent choice for Philodendron lovers. Homalomena will produce flower spathes, although they rarely open and are inconspicuous. Removing the spathes as they form will keep Emerald Gem producing more foliage.

Best Locations For Growing Emerald Gem Homalomena

Emerald Gem Homalomena stays compact at maturity, making it easy to fit into just about any part of the house. The broad leaves help clean the air of toxic fumes from furniture, rugs, and other soft furnishings. All parts of this plant are poisonous and need to be protected from pets and children.

Emerald Gem Homalomena Sunlight Requirements

Indirect bright light to medium light levels helps Emerald Gem keep its deep-green foliage colorful and glossy. Lower-light levels are tolerated, but the growth may become leggy and sparse over time. Plants may grow longer or lean if the light is not even or if the light is coming from only one direction. Turning the plant every few days will help it grow straight.

Emerald Gem Homalomena Care

Homalomena is a moderate-growing plant that does not mind being slightly rootbound, although repotting every 2-3 years will keep this plant thriving. Use an indoor potting mix that has coco coir and perlite added. This makes the soil both free draining and moisture retentive. Always use a container that has drainage holes. This is a plant that does not like to be in waterlogged soil. Prune off dead or dying leaves to keep the plant from attracting pests or diseases. 

Watering Emerald Gem Homalomena

Emerald Gem is a plant that lets you know when it needs watering. The leaves will droop but are quickly revived with a good watering session. Let this plant slightly dry out in between waterings, but not for very long. The top 1-2 inches of soil can be dry. Thoroughly wet the soil and let the pot sit for 5-10 minutes in the water collected in the saucer. This allows the roots to absorb as much moisture as they need. Discard any remaining water after 10 minutes. Watering during the winter may slow down as Homalomena goes semi-dormant. Emerald Gem Homalomena does not require high levels of humidity.

Feeding Emerald Gem Homalomena

Feed once a month with a diluted all-purpose houseplant formulation. A 10-10-10 NPK ratio supports foliage growth and root formation. Fertilizing is only necessary during the spring and summer while the plant is in active growth. If Emerald Gem continues to produce leaves in the winter, continue to fertilize every other month.

Emerald Gem Homalomena Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate
Mature Height: 18-32 inches
Mature Spread: 18-32 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Dark Green
Temperature: 60° - 90°F (16° - 32°C)
Humidity: Moderate - High
Common Name: Emerald Gem Homalomena
Other Name(s): Emerald Gem Plant, Queen Of Hearts, Shield Plant
Scientific Name: Homalomena 'Emerald Gem'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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