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Name: Ang
Bremerton, WA (Zone 7b)
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tikipod
Nov 21, 2017 5:17 PM CST
I'm totally in love with the two calathea I have. I've added a picture of one of the two. Can some of you share pictures of your favorite or of your collection? Also any plants related to them?

I really enjoy these plants but I seem to have trouble finding more of them or maybe I'm not recognizing them.


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Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Nov 22, 2017 12:14 AM CST
I love the plant have not tried to grow it for years. It wanted so much humidity, I could not keep it from browning. What is your secret?
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krystenr1
Nov 22, 2017 4:13 PM CST
I love them too! Here are a few of mine:


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Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Nov 22, 2017 5:09 PM CST
Here is my Calathea Rattlesnake plant.I have it in a west facing window about 2 feet away. It opens up when it gets sun and closes when sunlight is gone.

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One of my local nurseries has them in stock.



Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Nov 22, 2017 11:29 PM CST
I am not worthy. I am pretty sure I would find browning leaves. Great growing guys.

Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Nov 23, 2017 9:58 PM CST
Not a Calathea, but closely related Maranta arundinacea, (so I hope it's OK to be included here). This one is a variegated form, one of my favorite of the Calathea-like plants, not just for the appearance but more because of the edible tubers (Rhizome). Boiled, cut, hammered thinly, sun-dried, fried and seasoned into Delicious chips.
The non variegated one are more productive though.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 24, 2017 8:26 PM CST
@tofitropic Please tell me how you cook the arrowroot into chips? I love my Arrowroot plant and never have used the root for anything!
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sallyg
Nov 25, 2017 8:01 AM CST
I had a rattlesnake plant and it is gorgeous and seemed easy care. I lost it when I divided it, but a piece that I gave away did survive.
Tofi, that one is beautiful.
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Faridat
Nov 26, 2017 3:50 PM CST
I have a very soft spot for Calatheas. They do need moist soil and humidity, so I have moved them as far away for any heaters now in winter, this could easily kill them if they were left near one.
Companion planting, to conserve some humidity and help each other.
The Rattlesnake and a Medallion are next on my purchase list!

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Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Nov 26, 2017 3:59 PM CST
Very pretty plants Faridat. And thanks for mentioning the heat near the plants. D'Oh! My Rattlesnake plant is right in the path of a heating duct so I'll have to move that plant elsewhere. Blinking
Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Nov 26, 2017 8:33 PM CST
ShadyGreenThumb said:@tofitropic Please tell me how you cook the arrowroot into chips? !


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Quite easy. Clean tubers, peel skin. Cut 1-2cm, boil about half to an hour (additions of garlic, salt, chilly pepper, herbs into boiling water is optional), after boiling they won't be really soften, but becoming glossy at cutting. It is edible now but plain and fibrous.
Cool it down. Pound it on hard surface with wooden hammer or any mallet-like-tool, into 2mm thick. Use more than 1 cubes of tuber for bigger size. Remove and sun-dry, (can also be dried in an oven). After really dried, it can be stored for months.
Whenever needed, fry it just like any other chips (we use palm oil), nothing special. Serve with chilly sauce or any dipping.
It is a common snack in some area of my country, we called it "emping garut". Here are few links (but it is in indonesian... but sure you'll get the idea..
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(I also put few cuts of fried shallot/onion/or leek, when hammering and pound it together to add flavor, and sometimes dried little shrimps (Acetes/krills).... or dried fish, or anything you want)
Name: Rockdale
RI (Zone 6b)
rockdale2017
Nov 30, 2017 9:10 PM CST
These are mine. I already accepted that brown leaf is one of their features when moved inside for winter:)

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Faridat
Dec 1, 2017 12:29 AM CST
@rockdale2017, I agree, there are some things that are inevitable and that plants can take care of themselves if we give them some time to adjust. Your plants are looking great and you can always cut off any brown and crispy edges or leaves.
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plantmanager
Dec 1, 2017 12:39 AM CST
I'm amazed that so many of you are doing so well with the Calatheas. I had them when we lived in the tropics and even there I thought they were hard to grow. In a dry home, it seems like it would be impossible. How do you raise the humidity for them? I'd love to grow them again if I knew they'd survive and look good.
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Faridat
Dec 1, 2017 12:59 AM CST
@plantmanager, hello! I can only speak of what I do, not sure if it's the super care, but it works. I keep them in medium light conditions, imagine in the middle of a room, that kind of light. Keeping them grouped, to increase humidity, I have even potted some of them together. I am spraying them each and every day. I know it is mostly for my kind of feeling I care more, I somehow have a feeling they enjoy it. Keeping them away, so important, away from every kind of heater, they despise central heating! They are not very demanding, but if close to heat, they will demise, that is for sure. The soil is kept moist, it is not the lightest of soils either, but I have adjusted the watering, I keep them in glazed and unglazed terracotta pots. Hope it helps! Smiling
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Faridat
Dec 1, 2017 1:47 AM CST
Here is my newest Maranta plant I love her foliage, she is gorgeous!

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And a smaller Maranta, that I want to grow to a somehow bigger size, although I think these ones stay quite small.

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Name: Rockdale
RI (Zone 6b)
rockdale2017
Dec 1, 2017 7:51 AM CST
@Faridat: lovely Maranta. Never seen this kind before (and the Calathea with creamy center in your first picture). Wish we had something like those here.

@plantmanager: probably because I sing to them besides move them outside in summer? LOL. And I will just admit I can not grow Calathea Roseopicta "Medallion", I have tried it twice and they all experienced a slow dying. I can blame the first dying "medallion" for my inexperience as it was the first Calathea I tried. then I bought more Calathea and they have been grown ok. So I bought second "medallion" figured I might doing something wrong the first time, but it was still going down hill, so I just give up :). When wintering inside, I do not do anything to raise humidity at all, no misting, no pebble and water in the saucer, I do shower them now and then though, not every watering, maybe once every two month? I have read that Calathea lancifolia probably the best to deal with low humidity (compare to other calathea that is), so maybe you can start with lancifolia :). Also Stromanthe Sanguinea 'TriColor' is easier than Calathea in my experience. I am thinking of repotting them coming spring. I probably can send you some if you like.
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Faridat
Dec 1, 2017 7:58 AM CST
@rockdale2017, thank you! So glad you like them. The erythroneura Maranta is the most usual one to find at my neck of the woods. I agree with you, I find the Stromanthe triostar easier than other Calatheas, and from the ones I have the fussier is the Rufibarba. If she even senses a tad of temperature increase she faints, lol. I hope she acclimates before the greek heat strikes again! Big Grin
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plantmanager
Dec 1, 2017 10:11 AM CST
. I probably can send you some if you like. [/quote]

@rockdale2017, what a generous offer! I'd love it if you have enough to share in the spring. I mostly have cacti and succulents, although I do have Hibiscus, Adeniums, Brugmansias and some bromeliads. Thanks for the extra info and I might start off with the Lancifolia.

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Name: Ang
Bremerton, WA (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
tikipod
Dec 2, 2017 12:46 AM CST
All of your plants are so beautiful! <3 I only have two at the moment but I hope to get more eventually

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