the living plant,
As mentioned, the Calathea can be kept well in the house. This plant will provide the house with color in places where other plants do not like to be.
In addition to the living room, of course, it fits perfectly in dark locations in the house, such as in the hall.
But what about the bathroom? The Calathea feels completely at home in this humid but low light environment. And the bedroom? It is especially here that you can clearly see that the leaves close in the evening.
In the morning when the first light comes through the windows, the plant stretches out its leaves and unfolds again. In short, a plant that provides rhythm in many places in the house.
The Calathea is best served at temperatures between 15 and 23 degrees.
The Calathea is a shade-loving plant and does not like sunlight.
Give the Calathea a splash of water twice a week.
The leaves of the Calathea are not edible.
The Marantaceae is a plant family that occurs in the subtropics, especially the jungles of Brazil. The plants grow in the wild as shrubs, which can easily reach a height of several meters. It is related to the banana plant. The Marantaceae family is also known to the native population for its nutritional value: the roots are edible. The large leaves of the plants are again suitable for roofing huts. It is obvious that the Marantaceae also has a medical significance. The plant family owes its name to an Italian doctor, Maranti, who wrote a standard work on the medical properties of flowers and plants as early as the sixteenth century.
The decorative foliage is characteristic of the Marantaceae. It is mainly the leaves that determine the attraction value of the plant. The cultivars have very different leaf colors and veins. The colors range from silver, white-pink to various shades of green.
The main genus of the Marantaceae family is the Calathea. There must be many dozen varieties, but many species have not yet been discovered in the often impenetrable jungle. On average, fifteen varieties are grown by our supplier. The range also changes regularly.
The living plant
The Calathea has a special property: the leaves close when the amount of light decreases. The plant therefore has a day and night rhythm, which has resulted in the nickname of 'living plant'. The closing of the leaves can also be heard, with a rustling sound.