Houseplants forum: Calathea ID

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krystenr1
Aug 13, 2017 11:52 AM CST
What kind of calathea is this? I have another calathea but it looks VERY different from this one, so I was surprised to read the label at the store said "calathea". Best way to care for it?

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Aug 13, 2017 12:10 PM CST
I am not familiar with that particular Calathea. There are literally hundreds of different hybrids available now. Hard to keep up!

Like most Calatheas, this one does best in lots of very bright, but indirect sunlight. Keep the soil damp at all times, watering as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry. Low humidity is ok as long as the roots are properly hydrated. Fertilize sparingly. Keep temps above 60 degrees.

Poor light and dry soil may cause brown leaf edges.
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krystenr1
Aug 13, 2017 12:19 PM CST
WillC said:I am not familiar with that particular Calathea. There are literally hundreds of different hybrids available now. Hard to keep up!

Like most Calatheas, this one does best in lots of very bright, but indirect sunlight. Keep the soil damp at all times, watering as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry. Low humidity is ok as long as the roots are properly hydrated. Fertilize sparingly. Keep temps above 60 degrees.

Poor light and dry soil may cause brown leaf edges.


Thanks Will!!
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TennesseeDave
Aug 13, 2017 12:51 PM CST
Certainly has the general characteristics as C. lanciflora but without the "rattlesnake" spots. It's a beauty!
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sallyg
Aug 14, 2017 6:41 AM CST
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Technical info on calatheas
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdff...
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krystenr1
Aug 24, 2017 12:21 PM CST
It's common name is Calathea Wavestar. Happened to run across a picture of it on the internet and now the mystery is solved! Thank you everyone!

I find that my calatheas demonstrate similar behavior to the prayer plant by opening and closing each day. Is this behavior common to calatheas as well, or should I be concerned that his behavior is telling me something negative about their environment?
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Hamwild
Aug 24, 2017 1:24 PM CST
If I recall correctly, they are related, so the behavior is normal. Lovey dubby
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krystenr1
Aug 24, 2017 2:40 PM CST
Hamwild said:If I recall correctly, they are related, so the behavior is normal. Lovey dubby


Cool thanks!

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