Emerald Gem Plant

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. Although an Emerald Gem plant is a relative of the easy-care philodendron, it is a bit more finicky and requires more attention. However, if you are tired of the same old houseplants, an Emerald Gem plant makes a nice addition to your plant collection. These plants are considered slightly poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.

Emerald Gem Plant (Homolomena)
Emerald Gem “Selby”



Should I Get Rid of the Spaths, Which I Think of as Flowers, on My Emerald Gem Plant?

Since the Spaths of an Emerald Gem Plant are so insignificant, I would pinch them off to encourage more leaf growth.

Why Are the New Leaves on My Emerald Gem Plant Smaller and Further Apart Than the Old Leaves?

The leaves on your Emerald gem Plant are smaller and further apart because the plant isn’t getting enough light. Try moving your Emerald Gem Plant to an area with bright indirect light and fertilize a little more often.

Why Are the Bottom Leaves on My Emerald Gem Plant Turning Yellow?

Yellow bottom leaves is the most common complaint people have about Emerald Gem Plants. here are a few suggestions that might help prevent yellow leaves on an Emerald gem Plant. Be sure your Emerald gem plant is in a warm bright location away from cold drafts. The top 50% of the soil of an Emerald Gem Plant needs to dry out before you water, and always use warm water. It will be a trial & error process until you find the right location and the right amount of water your particular Emerald Gem Plant needs.