An Emerald Gem plant or Homalomena, native to tropical Asia and South America, is an upright plant with dark green, waxy, spade-shaped leaves. Since these plants are usually about 12″-30″ tall, it makes them ideal for areas with height restrictions.
An Emerald Gem Plant requires medium indirect light but grows even better in bright indirect light. Homalomenas can survive in low light but become thin and spindly. The bottom leaves of an Emerald Gem Plant turn yellow and fall off when there is not enough light.
Watering is the most difficult part of caring for an Emerald Gem Plant. When an Emerald Gem Plant is either over or under watered the bottom leaves fall off. Always allow the top 50% of the soil of an Emerald Gem Plant to dry out before watering. An Emerald Gem Plant doesn’t like anything cold, so use warm water and never dump extra ice cubes into the soil.
Emerald Gem Plants like warm household temperatures between 65-80 degrees. Keep Homalomanas away from air conditioners and cold drafts.
An Emerald Gem Plant does well in regular household humidity.
Emerald Gem Plants are fairly pest resistant.