Nematanthus 'Marlene', aka Goldfish Plant Shady Lady 'Marlene' (yes, that is the common name!), is a gorgeous species of Goldfish Plant that has extra-large, glossy, green leaves with bright red variegation on the undersides. The leaves are not the only showstopper, however, because this tropical plant also produces bright orange, fish-shaped flowers, which look extraordinary against the deep green leaves when the plant is in full bloom.
They should not be in a position to see the sun directly, although early morning or late evening sun is fine. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain is best and most homes are comprised primarily of indirect sunlight. The best spot for them is where they do not see the sun during the majority of the day but still get bright, indirect light.
They will do best in bright light. A nice bright place inside your home would be on the window sill or a stool that is right next to a window, either with or without blinds, depending on if the plant can handle sun. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They need to be watered when the top half of the soil is dry to the touch. That usually takes about 1 week in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but it's always safer to underwater or give the soil a check before you water again. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
Their humidity requirement is low, so do not mist them or put them in a terrarium.
Avoid getting cold water on the foliage, as this can burn the leaves! If you want your plant to keep on blooming, keep it in a location that receives bright, indirect light rather than medium light. They prefer to be slightly pot-bound, which will also encourage more blooms. Fertilize weekly during the growing season with diluted liquid fertilizer.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.