Calathea ornata is part of the Marantaceae family and is native to Columbia, Venezuela and other parts of South America. They have large dark glossy leaves with a magnificent pink stripe. This plant grows upright and you may notice it's leaves will close up at night and reopen in the morning.
Height: Approximately 50cm from base of pot.
Also available in 19cm pot, approximately 80cm in height.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Calathea ornata needs temperatures 18-23°C. Keep this plant out of draughts and cold air.
Light: These plants do best in an indirectly lit spot, they can handle some shade. Direct light would bleach the leaves.
Watering: Keep soil moist during growing season and allow the soil to dry a little in winter.
Air Humidity: Calathea love high humidity, dry conditions would lead to brown edges on leaves. Achieve higher humidity by grouping plants together, misting, using a humidifier and placing your plant on a tray of watered pebbles.
Fertilising: Feed every few waterings during growing season, dilute fertiliser to half the recommended dosage.
Re-Potting: Repot yearly to encourage growth.
This plant is non-toxic.