OVERVIEW+ Comes in an 6" plastic container.
Native to South America, though it is a cultivar.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Marantaceae / calathea
Calathea Vittata / Calathea Elliptica / Prayer plant Vittata / Bastard Paloeloe
Leaves can get as large as 14" long and 6" wide.
65-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Intolerant to colder temperatures or drafts.
All calatheas are notoriously high maintenance plants. Make sure to give it bright indirect light, warm temperatures, and consistent soil moisture. If the tips of the leaves are turning yellow, your watering conditions need to be adjusted.
Prefers bright to medium indirect light. They also like warmer conditions, so make sure to place this in a place that is not drafty and maintains a consistent temperature. They do not tolerate direct sun, as this can be damaging to the leaves, they can tolerate low light conditions, but prefer indirect light.
Likes consistently moist, well-draining soil (this does not mean soggy soil though). They like high humidity and light misting. If you cannot provide humidity levels, a pebble trey will do. If you notice curling leaves (that have nothing to do with nyctinastic cycles) it's not getting enough water, if you notice brown edges, it is being underwater, if it has pale/wilting/or droopy leaves, it is being overwatered.
Loves organic-rich soil (such as a peat based or coir), that is full of nutrients.
DOES IT FLOWER?
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes, propagation happens through division. Clear the plant of dirt, and divide stalks from the main roots. Stick in root powder and replant directly, or use water propagation.
Common Problems: Root rot from overwatering or brown leaf tips and edges from too little watering. Like Goldilocks and the three bears, you just need to find the "just right" watering schedule. Common Pests: Spider Mites, Mealy, and Aphids. Do not use leaf shine on a Calathea, it will damage the leaves, if the leaves need to be cleaned, just give it a shower, and wipe down with cloth.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.