Mystery HousePlant: Chlorophytum orchidastrum “Fireflash

Hi, I received this plant as a raffle prize at an Earth Day celebration. There’s no tag identifying it. I’d like to know what it is and how to care for it. I am hoping to keep it as an indoor plant, if it would do well inside. Thanks!

Hi Erin,



Your plant is called a Chlorophytum orchidastrum “Fireflash” and, if you believe it, it is a relative of the Spider Plant. It is an excellent houseplant. Here are some care instructions:

Light: Can handle most lighting conditions

Water: Keep the soil barely moist but not soggy. Never allow the soil to totally dry out. Water less in the winter

fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.: Feed every two weeks during the spring and summer. Always dilute the food to 1/2 the recommended strength. Feed monthly in the Fall and never in the winter.

Temperature: normal room temperature

Here is a picture of a mature plant. (picture: Kartuz Greenhouses)


Dark green and bright coral gold Chlorophytum orchidastrum fire flash

Chlorophytum orchidastrum fire flash