How to Grow a Siam Tulip-Curcuma alismatiffolia

Trying to find out what type of plant this is and how to take care of it. It reminds me of maybe being in the tulip family


Your plant is Curcuma alismatiffolia, common name is Siam tulip. This plant is a member of the ginger family and can often grow to over 2ft in height.

Keep the soil barely moist but never soggy. During the winter when it is not growing, water less but do not allow the soil to totally dry out.

Place in bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. but then move the plant to a cooler area that gets less light during the winter when it is dormant.

Feed a Siam tulip monthly in the spring, summer, and early fall. This is a type of bulb plant so during the winter when it is resting it needs less water and no 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.. A Siam tulip usually loses its leaves during the winter, but they grow back in the spring. When the plant outgrows it’s pot, you can move it to the next size container or you can divide the bulbs to start new plants. Simply cut the rhizomes (bulbs) into 2″ pieces and plant them in small pots with holes in the bottom.