Houseplants forum: Calathea plants

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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
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jojoe
Apr 13, 2012 7:39 AM CST
I have 2 Calathea plants one has grown upward & fans out when the leaves open in the AM.The other one is not growing tall,when it's leaves open in the AM they open in more of a circular pattern above the pot.

I don't know how much sun they can take or what the min. & max. temp's they can tolerate are.I know they like being kept moist.I am putting my plants outside for the spring & don't know where to put them,i don't want to burn them up in the sun if they can't tolerate it.

If anyone can help id what kind of calathea they are i would appreciate it.
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any info i can get on these plants are greatly appreciated.
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threegardeners
Apr 13, 2012 7:58 AM CST

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Lovely plants you have there!

Don't put them in direct sun, bright light is about all they can take.
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Cinta
Apr 13, 2012 7:18 PM CST
Beautiful plants you have there. It looks like "calathea roseopicta". They are a bit fussy because they not only like to be moist they like a lot of humidity. I have only been able to keep two alive.

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plantladylin
Apr 14, 2012 7:06 AM CST
I don't seem to have any luck keeping Calathea alive for more than a few months but I know that they cannot take full sun which will scorch their leaves. Bright to medium light is perfect, but no direct sun ... and temp's above 55º - 60º F are preferable.
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Stush2019
Apr 22, 2012 6:56 PM CST
Boy, I'm glad I'm not the only killer of these beautiful plants. Strange thing is my pot is 1/2 full of them. I buy one to fill it in and it dies. The rest look good. Same kind. I just can't keep a full pot. I don't know anything about them. I think they like moist soil but don't know. And again wintering them over is the hardest time on them. Next month they will be on my porch with only some moring sun.
Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
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jojoe
Apr 23, 2012 9:19 AM CST
Thank you all very much,

Sadly i have already gotten them a little sunburned.It's hard to find just exactly how much light they like & how much is to much.I didn't realize they were related to the prayer plant until i researched them.I have found the tallest one opens easily with a small amount of light.The smaller one seems to need more light to open completely and it's beautiful when it does,it's leaves almost seem to form a low circle close to the pot absolutely beautiful.The taller one just open up to form what you see in my original post.If you look at the picture of the smaller one it's not open completely.These plants are quit difficult and i do know they like to stay moist.

Can't decide if i should put them inside to enjoy them and not worry about burning them up.I will have room that gets sun once my Hoya's all go out.

Have a lovely and dirty time in the garden this week.I hope everyone is having weather as nice as mine!!!!
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Stush2019
Apr 23, 2012 12:42 PM CST
We have a forcast calling for snow. Can you belive this. So far we didn't get any but it's been cold and wet out. To the South and east of us got hit with a few inches.

Amario2
Jul 3, 2012 10:03 AM CST
looking great. how do you manage to take care of them so well!

debiet
Jan 28, 2013 11:50 PM CST
Calathea plants needs only moderate sunlight. Direct sunlight can damage its appearance as it can turn the leaf colorless. I think it is best to keep them indoors near a window that has transparent curtains to obtain moderate sunlight. This plant also needs around 60 degrees fahrenheit in terms of temperature and high humidity. You can use some humidifier if available or some DIY humidifier can also do the trick for best plant results. Calathea also needs frequent watering. We can say that these plants can be a bit sensitive to environmental factors but I am sure they are worth keeping. - D.Tower
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Dutchlady1
Jan 29, 2013 4:23 AM CST
Calatheas are tropical rainforest understory plants. Low light and humidity is what they want!
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extranjera
Jan 29, 2013 10:33 AM CST
I'm impressed with your Calatheas. I never do very well with them even though I'm here in the tropics. I have one pot that is always looking ragged with brown edges on the leaves. I'm going to try using purified water and see if that helps, I was using tap water and it is softened so perhaps that is it. I thought before that the cats were chewing on it so I moved it into a bathroom they can't get in, and it still isn't doing well. It is under a screen roof, lots of humidity, lots of light and air - ?? I've even been threatening it lately, telling it to grow and look good or it was going out in the yard.
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jojoe
Feb 5, 2013 9:03 AM CST
UPDATE ,the Calathea's i had have officially passed on to the compost pile.I graciously join those of you who can't keep them alive.Maybe one day i will try again but no time soon!!!!! Crying Crying
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Stush2019
Feb 5, 2013 1:03 PM CST
Jojoe,
Been there and still going. I have some in a hanging basket and when 1/2 die, I see some on sale and replace them. I am ok thur summer, it is winter time that kills. My house is too dry and too lazy to mist all the time.
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Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Feb 5, 2013 2:29 PM CST
Do you think this is a type of Calathea? I was really tempted to get it at the nursery the other day and then... I started wondering if it was a calathea and would just come home with me and die. The white residue on the leaves is because of the really hard water they use, it will wash off. What I like was the fish tail end of the leaves, that seemed unusual to me.

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Stush2019
Feb 5, 2013 4:45 PM CST
Unknown? Sorry
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purpleinopp
Feb 6, 2013 9:45 AM CST
Extranjera, maybe Chamaedorea metallica?
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Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Feb 6, 2013 12:16 PM CST
well, it sure looks like it. if so, it's a palm and is tolerant of a lot of shade which would be perfect for one of my terraces that nothing seems to do well on because of so little sun. I'm going to go back and get one and see how it does. thank you so much.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 6, 2013 4:35 PM CST
Ooh, I love the looks of that plant! My first thought was maybe Aglaonema but after looking at lots of photo's I believe Purple is right with the ID of C. metallica:

http://www.floridata.com/ref/c/cham_met.cfm

http://www.gardenboutique.com/Palms/chamaedoreametal.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamaedorea_metallica

I really like the one in figure 6 at the bottom of this page: http://www.pacsoa.org.au/palms/Chamaedorea/metallica.html
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 6, 2013 4:36 PM CST
No pictures yet in the database ... hint, hint. Green Grin!

Metallic Palm (Chamaedorea metallica)
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Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Feb 6, 2013 5:00 PM CST
I put it up for the database. Now I'm thinking that several of them would be good in a corner of my garden that used to get full sun but now gets very little. It's looking rather sad there. I'm going back to the nursery tomorrow and will see how the prices are on this.
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