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Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Jul 4, 2016 8:56 AM CST
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I bought it at a plant sale about 2 months ago but nobody knew its name. I replanted it to a bigger pot and its leaved have been drying up. The leaves don't turn yellow so I don't think I'm watering it too much. The new put, just like the original one it came with, doesn't have a hole at the bottom.

Thanks for your help.
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drdawg
Jul 4, 2016 8:59 AM CST
@rez, unless you are growing a water/bog plant, your potting soil MUST be well-draining and the pot MUST have drainage holes. Otherwise the roots will drown. Roots have to have access to air in order to survive.
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purpleinopp
Jul 4, 2016 9:03 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Looks like Calathea ornata:
Calathea (Calathea ornata)

Loves high humidity and moist but very airy soil, warm temps, very bright indirect light.
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drdawg
Jul 4, 2016 9:14 AM CST
Thumbs up I knew it was a pretty common plant and one I recognized, but I don't grow them.
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purpleinopp
Jul 4, 2016 9:32 AM CST
Me either. Won't stay alive over winter. I'm much too stingy with the water (AKA lazy.)
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Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Jul 6, 2016 8:57 PM CST
Thank you guys. I burnt a hole on the bottom of the pot and will make a second one. I hope I can rescue it.
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critterologist
Jul 6, 2016 9:09 PM CST
Such gorgeous leaves! I killed 3 of these plants and then gave up. (I've been told that until you have killed 3, you haven't really tried to grow something LOL.) I did note that the bright light through a south-facing window was too much for it (leaves got burnt and crispy around the edges). Can't tell if yours has curling leaves due to root rot from over-moist soil (plants with root rot look dehydrated, which has the counterproductive effect of making people throw water on them)... or if the leaves are curling in an attempt to avoid too-bright sun. I'd move it out of direct sun while it's recovering, either way. Good luck!
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plantmanager
Jul 6, 2016 9:26 PM CST
I was able to grow this plant when we lived in the Marshall Islands. It lived outdoors in the bright shade. The temps were always low 80's with about 80% humidity. We had over 100 inches of rain. It loved it because it was in well draining coral sand. After we returned stateside I bought 2 of them, and killed them both. I haven't tried it in my greenhouse, but I know it wouldn't make it during the winter since it gets too cold for it. It probably would do well in a terrarium or with a large glass cloche over it. You could try it in a bathroom if you have some good light.
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tarev
Jul 7, 2016 12:41 PM CST
That is a nice Calathea. I have seen it growing at my mother-in-laws's garden in the Philippines. Our soil there is loam, so it thrives so well. Temps there are constantly warm to hot and humid from 70F at night to 90F and higher during the day and humidity is very high often at 80% to 100%. But they grow it in a shady spot, so it does not get burnt by excessive heat. It can take lots of water, but just got to have good drainage holes so it won't be swimming in water.

There is another soil less media they use there, to me it looks like dried out rice husk, and it also thrives in it, since it makes the root zone damp moist always.

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