Calatheas

The most beautiful flower in the Marantaceae family is the calathea flower. The calatheas aren’t just beautifully colored tropical plants they are also varied in shapes and patterns.

Being one of the most easy to grow tropical plants, blue and white calatheas are looking like a vertical football of glacial ice in miniature. These tropical flowers are mainly pollinated by the bees and other bugs. The calathea fruit is eaten by the Hummingbirds and after eating it the seeds are dispersed all around the forest.

 

Marantaceae, the maranta family, contains all the calatheas. Twenty five species are contained in the calathea genus. Being called Prayer plants or Zebra plants, the calathea flowers are very popular house plants. Mimicking the human hands that are folded in a prayer the leaves of calathea flower fold together every night. The leaves of this tropical plant are dark green and pleated ovate.

Having narrow, tapering, erect foliage, yellow green with lateral ovals, alternately large and small, with maroon below the Rattlesnake Plant, called Calathea insignis, is a very beautiful one. Like the Rattlesnake Plant, having leaves that are oval shaped with olive green, opaque lines and areas that are short and long alternate, and being in a translucent field of yellow green the Peacock plant, Calathea makoyana, is a really beautiful one.

Facts about calatheas

  • Firstly introduced in Hawaii in the early 1970’s the calathea flower is native from the South American rain forests.
  • Calathea insignes, Calatheas makoyana and Calatheas zebrina are the most common Calatheas for indoor gardens.
  • Ctenanthe, Maranta and Stromanthe are the species that calathea flower is confused with and it is also related to them.
  • If you want to remove the toxins from the air that are caused by modern furnishings that are constructed from synthetic materials and caused by the cleaning products choosing the calathea flower you will do the best choice.

Growing Calatheas

  • The Calatheas should be kept in the indirect bright light.
  • When the soil is moist, from March to October, you can grow Calatheas.
  • You should let the top soil to be dry before watering this tropical flower again in the winter.
  • 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit are the ideal temperature for this flower.
  • Every two weeks the Calathea flower should be fed.

Calatheas Plant Care

  • If the air is too dry on the leaves will appear brown edges.
  • To maintain humidity around the flower you can use humidifiers or pebble trays.
  • In water controlled containers the Calathea will bloom.
  • The major arthropod pests of Calathea flower are the caterpillars, scales, mealybugs and mites.

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