If you’re a fan of all things green and leafy, then you’re in for a treat! This quirky plant is named for its large oval-shaped leaves resembling tractors’ seats. These leaves can grow to a foot (30cm) in diameter and are rich glossy green making them a real showstopper. So, whether you’re looking for a plants offices or bedroom, this plant is sure to impress.
Suppose you get your hands on one of these beauties; you may wonder how you can care for it and keep it looking its best.
This article will cover all these aspects, so hold on to your gardening hats as we explore the wacky and wonderful world of the Tractor seat plant.
What is the Tractor Seat Plant?
This attention-grabbing plant gets its name from its leaves that resemble the seat of a tractor. It can handle many environments, from bright sunny spots to low-light corners, making it perfect for those who can’t commit to one place.
The Tractor seat plant is a low-maintenance plant that can go for long periods without water which is great if you’re a bit forgetful like me!
But here’s the real kicker- this plant is a bit of a shapeshifter. Its leaves change shape and color depending on how much light it gets. The variegated Tractor seat plant looks amazing with its two-tone foliage patterns. If you want to keep things spicy, move it around your space and watch it transform. The leaves of this plant can reach up to a foot (30cm) in diameter, and the chunky stems are sturdy enough to hold them without any assistance.
Originating from Japan, this plant is a relative of the Asteraceae (Daisy) family. Its scientific name is Farfugium japonicum, but let’s face it; the Tractor seat plant is far more fun to say!
Propagating plants is a priceless skill that allows you to extend your plant collection and share your green babies with friends and family.
Here are a couple of methods to follow when propagating the Tractor Seat Plant:
Propagating the tractor seat plant through division is relatively easy.
- First, remove your Tractor seat plant from its pot and gently loosen the soil around the roots.
- Next, look for the natural division in the plant, where you can separate it into two or more sections. This usually occurs when the stems and leaves branch out.
- Carefully cut through the roots and separate the sections using a sharp, clean knife or scissors. Ensure each section has a healthy root system and a good amount of foliage.
- Re-pot each section in a well-draining soil mix, preferably with a similar soil as the mother plant.
- Water the new plants and place them in a warm, bright spot, but not in direct sunlight.
- Keep the soil moist but not soaked, and avoid fertilizing for the first few weeks.
And that’s it! With a little bit of patience and love, you can multiply your tractor seat plant and spread the joy with other plant owners!
Stem cutting is also another successful method of propagating the Tractor seat plant.
Here’s a quick rundown on how to do it:
- First, choose a healthy stem on your Tractor seat plant and cut a 4–6-inch (10-15cm) section just below a node- which is where the leaves attach to the stem.
- Remove the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting, leaving only a few at the top.
- Dip the cut end into rooting hormone to prompt root growth (optional).
- Insert the cutting into a well-draining soil mix, ideally with some perlite or sand, to improve drainage.
- Water the cutting and place İt in a warm, bright spot away from direct sunlight.
- Cover the pot with clear plastic like a cut-off bottle to create a mini greenhouse and contain humidity.
- Check the cutting regularly and mist it with water if it looks dry.
- After a few weeks, gently tug on the cutting to check if it has developed roots. If it resists your pull, it has rooted successfully. Once rooted, remove the plastic covering and gradually introduce it to more indirect light and air.
Create a tropical garden: Use the Tractor seat plant and other tropical plants such as palms, ferns, and orchids. To complete the look, use natural materials like bamboo or rattan for furniture and accents.
Make a feature with a large pot: Place a Tractor seat plant in a decorative pot as a focal point in your garden design. Use contrasting colors and textures, such as a colorful glazed pot against a neutral background or a woven basket against a smooth surface.
Mix and match with other foliage: Combine the Tractor seat plant with other foliage plants like Philodendrons, Calatheas, and Snake plants to create a dynamic and textured garden bed.
Create a border or hedge: Use the Tractor seat plant as a low hedge or border to define a space or create privacy. Plant them in a row, leaving enough space for them to grow and spread and trim them regularly to maintain their shape.
Pair with other tropical companions: The Tractor seat plant can be paired with tropical plants such as Bromeliads, It plants, and Elephant ears to create a lush and vibrant display. They have similar care needs, such as bright light, indirect light, and moist soil, making them a great match.
Mix and Match with other foliage: Combine the Tractor seat plant with other foliage plants such as Prayer plants, Nerve plants, and Peperomias to create a varied and textured display. They have similar care needs in regard to watering and indirect light, making them a low-maintenance and visually appealing combination.
Add some color with flowering plants: Pair the Tractor seat plant with flowering plants such as begonias impatiens and petunias to add some color to your garden. They make an eye-catching combination and have the same requirements.
Pair with herbs: The tractor seat plant can be paired with herbs such as Basil, Mint, Thyme, and Parsley to create a fragrant functional display. The herbs can be used in cooking or as natural remedies, and they benefit from the Tractor seat plant’s bright indirect light and soil.
The Tractor seat plant is a real head-turner when it comes to tropical plants, and whether you are keeping one in the home or in a shady spot in the garden, it will add a touch of exotic flair. Its large glossy leaves and low maintenance make it an excellent plant for both newbie gardeners and garden gurus!
One of the aspects I like about the sound of the Tractor Seat plant is how creative you can be when pairing it with other plants. The leaves are a striking contrast to other tropical plants, making them stand out in the crowd. So, for any gardeners out there that love to get creative with their plant groups, this is a plant for you!