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Plant Know-How: Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’

Top-down view of plant with silver colored leaves, speckled with patches of deep green

This silvery plant is Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’, a striking Aroid newly introduced to cultivation! This beauty is new to us and probably new to you as well! Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’ is native to Indonesia where it grows like many other Aroids in humid tropical forests. The care for Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’ is similar to many other Aroids, and can most closely be compared to Anthuriums. While its care may be similar to other aroids it is not identical, Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’ does have some quirks! For one Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’ really appreciates added humidity! If you want to learn all the ins and outs of how to care for Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’ then read on!

Same silver-leaved plant, viewed from the side, showing dark purple back side of the leaves



Light Requirements: Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’ will do best when grown in bright indirect light. 

Water Tips for Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’: You should allow the top 1/4" of soil to go dry before watering. If you need help figuring out when to water a moisture meter will be your new best friend! Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’ is a plant that will really appreciate some added humidity. To best achieve this place your plant in a well lit bathroom or next to a humidifier.

The Best Soil for Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’: Like many other Aroids, Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’ will do best in a chunky, well draining soil mix. Our Folia Favorite Potting Mix is a great choice!

Is Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’ Pet Safe? Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’ is not pet safe and can be toxic when consumed by pets. 

Did you know? Apoballis acuminatissima ‘Lavallaei’ was previously thought to be a species of Schismatoglottis but was recently reclassified!