Learn how to grow the guaimbê and ways to use it in decoration

Learn how to grow the guaimbê and ways to use it in decoration
Robert Rivera

The Guaimbê, or Thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum, is a native Brazilian plant that is widely used in decoration. Its green leaves, marked by tears, enchant anyone and leave a beautiful environment. Very resistant, they can be placed in pots, besides decorating gardens. Because of its fruit, it is also known as banana-de-macaco. Next, learn more about the plant!

Guaimbê X Adam's rib

The Guaimbê and the Adam's rib are very similar plants, especially in the format of their foliage. However, there are some characteristics that differentiate them.

Both bear fruit, but a warning: the Guaimbê fruit is toxic! So, if you want to eat the Adam's rib fruit, but are in doubt whether it is actually the plant, it is better to avoid it. The smell of the edible fruit resembles something like tutti frutti.

How to care for Guaimbê

Despite being very resistant, the Guaimbê needs a lot of care to stay healthy, with its exuberant leaves. Besides important points such as water, sun, and cultivation, it is important to pay attention to the place where it will stay.

  • Cultivation: The soil or potting soil must be very well prepared to receive it with organic matter. The ideal is that the soil be "loose" due to the characteristics of the roots. In nature it is common to find the plantain growing supported by trees and even rocks, so it is good to plant it in places where there is water drainage;
  • Change: Planting can be done with seeds, but also by means of younger plants that grow alongside the more adult ones. They can be removed from the place where they are growing and planted in other places;
  • Watering: The Guaimbê loves water, especially when it is in drained soil. It is important that the place is not too wet either. Besides wetting the soil, it is interesting to wash the leaves of those that are protected from rain to remove the dust. Being clean, they do even more photosynthesis;
  • Lighting: The important thing is to always check the soil and how moist it is. If the Guaimbê is in the sun and starts to yellow, it is time to take a look at the soil and add more organic matter;
  • Vessels: because they need space to grow, it is interesting that the pot of the Guaimbê is not too small. if you see that the plant is too big, maybe it is time to move it to a bigger place;
  • Poison: As already mentioned, the fruit of the plantain is toxic, so try to place the plant in places that will not have direct contact with children or pets;

Now that you know the basics about Guaimbê, how about watching some that explain even more about the plant?

Learn more about the resistant Guaimbê

Do you want to give your environment a tropical feel? Guaimbê can certainly be a great option. Check out some videos that give more details about this very Brazilian plant!

How to use Guaimbê

In this video from Spagnhol Plants channel, Murilo Soares talks about Guaimbê. He explains the origin of the plant, tells why it never went out of fashion in landscaping, even though it has been used for decades, and even gives tips for using the plant.

How to grow a Guaimbê seedling

For those who want to give a tropical look to the garden, certainly the Guaimbê is a great option. In this video is taught how to take seedlings of the plantain. The plant usually comes as a "mother" and "daughter", the second can be used for a new cultivation. Watch and learn how to differentiate them!

Caring for Guaimbê

Angela Carolina, from the channel Flor de Camomyla, explains all the main care that one should have with the plant. She demonstrates step by step what to do to leave a plant with lush green leaves. See all the recommendations!

More hints about the plantain

The video from the Brotando Verde channel explains what care one should take when cultivating Guaimbê, from watering, the soil, which are the ideal substrates, the ideal lighting, to the type of reproduction of the plant. Check it out!

Its beautiful green leaves give a new face to the decoration, besides helping to improve the air in the room through photosynthesis, so don't forget to clean the dust if you use the plantain in your decoration.

10 pictures of decoration with Guaimbê for inspiration

The Guaimbê will take over the environments in which it is present. Beautiful and showy, it gives a tropical feeling to the places, for this reason, it is present both indoors and outdoors in gardens and in the decoration of swimming pools. See some examples!

1. green and torn leaves are the charm of Guaimbê

2. and it goes very well in outdoor decorations

3. like near swimming pools

4. on paths to the shower

5. at the entrance of houses

6. in the facade of residences

7. the green of Guaimbê dominates the entire site

8. even inside the house

9. but don't forget that it is a poisonous plant

10. and should be kept out of the reach of children and pets

Your home will look much more amazing with the Guaimbê. As said, the Adam's rib is very similar to the plantain. Learn how to include it in your decoration!

Robert Rivera
Robert Rivera
Robert Rivera is a seasoned interior designer and home decor expert with over a decade of experience in the industry. Born and raised in California, he has always had a passion for design and art, which eventually led him to pursue a degree in interior design from a prestigious design school. With a keen eye for color, texture, and proportion, Robert effortlessly blends different styles and aesthetics to create unique and beautiful living spaces. He is highly knowledgeable in the latest design trends and techniques, and is constantly experimenting with new ideas and concepts to bring life to his clients' homes. As the author of a popular blog on home decor and design, Robert shares his expertise and insights with a large audience of design enthusiasts. His writing is engaging, informative, and easy to follow, making his blog an invaluable resource for anyone looking to spruce up their living space. Whether you're seeking advice on color schemes, furniture arrangement, or DIY home projects, Robert has the tips and tricks you need to create a stylish, welcoming home.