Calathea zebrina is part of the Marantaceae family and is native to Brazil. Leaves are elliptical in shape with wavy leaf margins, they velvety on top with darker green stripes and purple on the underside.
Pot: 14cm diameter.
Height: Approximately 50cm from base of pot.
Featured in terracotta pot 17cm, pot not included.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Calathea need temperatures 18-24°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 monthly during growing season, dilute synthetic fertiliser to half the recommended dosage.
Potting mix: Less perlite, more peat or loam.
This plant is non-toxic.