How to care for Schismatoglottis scortechinii (drop tongue plant)

Drop Tongue Plant Schismatoglottis scortechinii

Schismatoglottis is a genus of about 180 species in the family Araceae, native to tropical Asia. The Schismatoglottis scortechinii presented here originates from Malaysia. It can grow up to 30 centimeters.

Schismatoglottis scortechinii

Plant care


The location can range from semi-shade to just light with no sun or partial sun. Hot summer sun is not tolerated, but winter sun and early morning or late evening sun in summer (from 7 pm) are not a problem.


Standard mixtures for houseplants, container plants, palms, herbs or vegetables can be used.

Drop Tongue Plant


It is good to keep the root ball slightly moist, but never submerge it or allow it to dry out. It can dry out to about 50% of its height before watering.


Schismatoglottis scortechinii does not need any fertilizer for the first year after purchase or repotting. After that, liquid fertilizer for green or flowering plants can be given occasionally from spring to fall. Or in spring and summer slow release fertilizers such as granules, pellets, sticks.


Schismatoglottis scortechinii likes warm temperatures throughout the year and should not be exposed to temperatures below 59 °F (15 °C) for long periods of time.


Propagation by head and stem cuttings is possible.