Homalomena Selby
Plant Care,  Propagation,  Rare Houseplants

Homalomena Selby

Welcome to our guide to the Homalomena Selby all you need to know about care and propagation, including light, water, soil, temperature and humidity needs…

Homalomena Selby Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Drench it when watering and then let the soil dry out before watering again.
Fertilizer:A liquid fertilizer twice a month in spring and summer.
Soil:A well-draining, loamy soil.
Temperature: 60-90°F (16-33°C).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Emerald gem, Queen of hearts, Shield plant
Common issues:Overwatering.


Homalomena Selby is a stunning houseplant with broad leaves that does not require much care. The leathery-green leaves with dark markings grow outwards and mature without a lot of fuss. Given its origin in Southeast Asia, it can tolerate the tropical climate quite well.

See also: Geogenanthus Ciliatus, Peperomia Ruby Cascade, Cebu Blue Pothos, Croton Plant Care.

Light Needs

Bright, indirect light works best. Placing it in direct sunlight may scorch the leaves, so consider placing it near a window or under a shade to protect the leaves.

How Often To Water Homalomena Selby

Regular watering, especially during the growth period, is essential. Make sure you do not overwater which can lead to several root diseases. Drench it when watering and then let the soil dry out before watering again.


You can use a liquid fertilizer twice a month at max to expedite the growth. However, excessive use may have negative side effects that can destroy the plant in the long run. Hence, only fertilize during the growth period in the summer and spring at half the recommended strength to be on the safe side.


Use a well-draining, loamy soil for these houseplants. You can use a regular houseplant potting mix or make your own using peat, sand, and other organic matter. Adding porous substrates like perlite also enhances the drainage of the soil, thus preventing water clogging.

When to Repot Homalomena Selby

Keep a close eye for any signs of outgrown roots and blocked drainage holes. If you see one, it is time you repot to a larger container. Transfer the plant during the summer or spring to minimize the stress and damage.


Since it is native to tropical regions, it prefers a high humidity level. It does well in normal indoor air; however, you may have to install a humidifier if you live in dry areas. The leaves provide an excellent way of checking the humidity requirements. If you see the edges turn brown, spritz the plant with some water to raise the humidity level, or move the plant to a more humid location.


Ideally, they need 60-90°F (16-33°C) to thrive. However, they can survive higher temperatures as well. Don’t let them get don to 10°C (50°F) at night.

How to Propagate Homalomena Selby

Homalomena Selby grows with clumped roots naturally. Hence, the best way to propagate these houseplants is to divide the roots and plant them in separate containers. Alternatively, you can also use stem cuttings to propagate this species and add it to your collection.

Other Names

Emerald gem, Queen of hearts, Shield plant

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

Homalomena Selby FAQs and Common Problems

How often should I water Homalomena?

It requires periodic watering, with intervals between each to let the soil dry. Cut down on the watering during the winter to once or twice a week to prevent overwatering.

Is Homalomena toxic?

Homalomena Selby is toxic only if ingested. Hence, keep your pets and small children away from this plant since they are prone to ingesting anything in reach.

Homalomena Selby leaves yellowing

Yellow leaves are a common indication of overwatering, adversely affecting the roots. Homalomena plant likes water, but not too much! Allow the soil to dry in between waterings before soaking it thoroughly.

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There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Geogenanthus Ciliatus, Peperomia Ruby Cascade, Cebu Blue Pothos, Croton Plant Care.

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