Red stems, rust red new shoots, big bold leaves splashed with silvery white - Red Sword is a rare and handsome plant all right! It's an aroid, related to alocasia, caladium, and dieffenbachia - and like them it enjoys warmth, humidity, dappled light, and regular watering. Very like its Sumatran home!
Schismatoglottis acuminatissima - now Apoballis acuminatissima - Red Sword
APPEARANCE : Native to Borneo, Malaysia, Thailand and Sumatra. Broad-leaf indoor plant with deep green leaves spotted in silver-grey; and red stems. The underside of each leaf is a faint metallic purple and the new red growth unfurls to a variegated leaf. Acuminata means tapering to a point, acuminatissima is extreme-tapering; although the leaves are regularly tapered! USE FOR : Ideal indoor plant for a frost-free shaded patio or indoors and interior planting schemes. Suited to underplanting in tropical style gardens. PLANTING : Plant in a humid shady spot with bright indirect sunlight. Prefers free draining soil or a good quality potting mix; it prefers to be moist but not wet around the roots. CARE : Water regularly during the first 12 weeks and only if soil seems dry once established. Feed using liquid fertiliser at half rate every few weeks as the plant establishes then bi-monthly. Remove dead leaves for a quick tidy up. Likes high humidity - for indoor plants regular water and a spritz on the foliage will keep them happy. HEIGHT & WIDTH: 60cm H x 50cm W YOUR PLANTS: These are tubestock plants, young healthy plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80 mm x 42 mm wide. May be supplied as 'plugs', slightly smaller than our usual tubestock but with a healthy root system ready for planting or potting on.