A bright spot in the shade
It likes a shady spot in a bright and sunny room. Just make sure that the rays of sunlight do not directly hit its leaves.
If placed next to a window, make sure the leaves aren't touching the glass as that will scorch its leaves.
It likes its soil consistently moist
The best way to water it is to give it a generous watering until water runs out of the drainage hole of the pot.
Let the top layer of the soil dry out between waterings to make sure it does not get overwatered.
Poke your finger into the soil to test its moisture level. If the top few inches of the soil are dry to the touch, it is safe to proceed with watering. But if you feel moisture, wait before watering.
The aim is to keep the lower level of soil moist so that the deeper roots get well nourished. It’s a bit of experimenting to get to the right balance but don’t worry, you’ll get it after a bit of trial and error.
Start with roughly 3 times a week. More in the hot, summer months, less in the monsoon and cooler seasons.
Mist its leaves
Once every two weeks. Wipe down its leaves with a damp cloth to get rid of dust to make sure it absorbs all the light it needs. But don't wet its leaves too much.
Spa day, once a month
1. Trim off any brown leaves snipping closely to the central trunk.
2. Scrape off any white mould on top of the soil. It’s just harmless fungi that lives in the soil. Lightly dust the soil with ground cinnamon.
3. Poke holes in the soil with a chopstick to aerate it and and give your plant a bit of extra breathing room. Sprinkle a tablespoon of vitamins in the soil and massage in.
4. Shine its leaves with a damp cloth, gently removing any dust. Front and back. This not only makes your plant look nicer but helps it to soak in light more easily too.
5. Spin it around to make sure its leaves are sunned evenly as it tends to grow towards sunlight.