Calathea lancifolia is a lush, tropical plant, prized for it’s dark green spotting and purple leaf undersides. The observant gardener will notice this plant exhibits interesting behavior with respect to its leaves. A member of the prayer plant family, leaves will fold upwards and close together at nighttime to prevent water loss. In the morning, as the sun comes out, leaves will reopen.
The Calathea lancifolia is native to the rainforests of Brazil. With
Calathea lancifolia do well in medium to bright, indirect light. A few hours of morning sun is ideal.
Keep the lancifolia soil evenly moist but never soggy. When the soil is dry about 25-50% deep, or the moisture level feels like that of a wrung sponge, it is safe to give the plant a thorough watering.
Though the lancifolia enjoy humidity, droplets of water directly on leaves can be problematic. Leaf spot can be a concern with if leaves remain wet for long periods of time. Fertilize: Feed once every other month using a weak, balanced fertilizer during the spring and summer only. Cease fertilizing in the fall and winter.
Small (4" wide grow pot), can be repotted into a 5-6" grow pot. Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.
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