Chlorophytum amaniense - Mandarin Plant
This remarkable houseplant was found in the Thailand rainforest, but it's not fussy and is easy to grow from seed.
Mandarin Plant is related to the common spider plant, It has extraordinary foliage, shiny green leaves with glowing orange stems that radiate from the center. Especially attractive from above, it's gorgeous from any angle.
Native to the rainforests of East Africa, this beauty will thrive in shade gardens in warm zones 9-10 and makes a beautiful plant indoors. Like spider plants, it tolerates most conditions, does best in bright indirect light and likes a deep watering when dry. It doesn't attract bugs or diseases and really hates chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Just give it good potting soil, a good soak once a week, and leave it alone.
Mandarin Plant is a great shade plant for warm climates, makes a beautiful border, and is a natural for containers. Sow seeds in a good potting mix, surface sow, barely cover, keep them warm and moist. We recommend a layer of plastic wrap and a rubber band to keep in heat and moisture. Put your pot in a warm, sunny location and be patient- seeds can take 4-6 weeks to germinate.