Calathea, houseplant of the month of november

The story of the Calathea

Calathea is characterized by the beautiful drawing of the leaf and the rich choice in leaf shapes, from round and oval to lancet-shaped. That leaf not only has air-purifying properties, but it also lives with you in a unique way thanks to a day and night rhythm. There is a kind of joint between the leaf and the stem that makes movement possible. When it gets dark, the leaves close and when it is quiet enough, the rustling of the closing leaves can be heard. When it becomes light, they unfold again.

Origin

Calathea grows in the tropical rainforest, in warm and humid conditions. He especially thrives on sheltered, not too light places around forest giants that filter the light.

Choice of assortment

There are many different Calatheas. There are some varieties that are sold as flowering plants, of which the C. crocata, with orange flowers, is the best known, with cultivars such as Tassmania and Candela. Other flowering Calatheas are C. warscewiczii (white) and C. 'Bicajoux' (pink). The other Calathea are beautiful decorative leaf plants with special leaf drawings and colors. Many varieties are characterized by a burgundy backside of the leaf. C. lancifolia and C. makoyana have been known for a long time, newer are C. rufibarba, zebrina and C. orbifolia. Calathea is offered from a small compact plant to a pot giant.

Care tips

  • The more colorful the leaf, the more light is required, although bright sun can be better prevented. If the plant is too dark, the leaf drawing will disappear.
  • The root ball can always be a bit moist. Pour preferably with water at room temperature.
  • Spraying (or putting it outside in the summer in the summer) to increase the humidity, that prevents dry leaf edges and leaf tips.
  • Providing some plant food every month keeps the leaves beautiful and their growth. Yellow or brown leaves can be removed.

(source: Bloemenbureauholland.nl )

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