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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Calathea genus. These are evergreen perennials with brightly coloured and patterned leaves. There are about 300 species. The leaves are mostly upright and are rather large; they are often variegated white, green, purple. The flowers are produced in dense spikes in various colours.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens

Interest and use

Mainly grown as a houseplant in temperate regions and for its foliage

Cultivation

They are frost tender, with a min of 15C. They will prefer a shaded, humid position in humus-rich well drained soil. Needs a position without fluctuations of temperature.

Propagation

You can propagate by division in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids, red spider mites and mealy bugs.

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