PIN-STRIPE CALATHEA (CALANTHEA ORNATA)
The Calathea Ornata is a perennial plant that is part of the family known as the Prayer plants or the Maranta family.
The plant is known for its large leaves that have a distinctive pattern and effervescent colors. There are a number of varieties including the most popular, Roseolineata and Sanderiana.
Calathea Ornata is a plant that is native to South America and seen in many tropical climates such as Thailand. There are several members of the same family and they are all known for their large leaves, all of which have patterns that are extremely noticeable whilst their colors are stunning.
The leaf of the Pin-Stripe Calathea grows at the end of long stems that require the right care and location in order to continue looking as healthy as possible. If kept indoors the plant will not grow much larger than 2ft wide or 2ft tall.
This is a plant that looks attractive indoors but it is also possible to keep outdoors and can bring many different areas to life such as patio’s, porches and decking. It can also be planted in beds and borders. Due to its foliage, this is a superb plant to put among other plants that have large foliage.
Flowering and Foliage: This is a popular plant with attractive leaves and colors but the plant does not flower very often indoors. However, it is a gorgeous species with dark green and glossy looking leaves (green with pink stripes). This is a plant that has leaves with a pattern (veins) that could be classed as feathered and in some cases it has a pink hue to it.
To add to its uniqueness, the underside of the leaf has a beautiful reddish purple color. This is a plant that grows in an upright position. It grows actively between the months of March to October as a result of moist soil.
The pink stripes will turn white when the plant ages.
Level of care: To ensure that the Calathea Ornata grows exceptionally well it does require a certain level of care making it not quite a beginner plant to grow.
Temperature: Its ideal temperature is between 65 - 75°F (18-23°C). Don't let the temperature drop below 60°F (15.5°C).
Light: This plant does extremely well in bright conditions without the need for direct sunlight. Find a well lit spot to seat your Calathea.
Watering: During the winter months it is important to keep the plant watered but do allow the top soil to dry out in between watering’s. Water when the soil begins to dry or keep the top soil moist in warmer months
Soil: A peat based potting mix will be required. 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite is one mixture that will be fine.
Re-Potting: we would recommend re-pot once every 2 years during spring. Only replace the pot if the plant has outgrown the present one.
Fertilizer: Feed every couple of weeks with a diluted balanced fertilizer. Only during the growing season from April - October.
Humidity: Ensuring that the air is not too dry will allow the leaves to thrive, therefore using humidifiers or pebble trays can help to maintain levels of humidity. Misting the leaves daily during summer is also advised.
Propagation: These are propagated using the division method. Divide clumps of leaf stalks and leaves with roots when it's re-potting time. To encourage new growth cover the plant and pot with polythene then once new growth appears remove the polythene.
If there is a lack of humidity then there is the possibility that the plant will suffer as it does require a certain degree of humidity.
Whilst they are able to withstand a wide range of temperatures if the temperature falls too low it will cause problems.
It is also susceptible to attack from pests such as caterpillars, mites and mealybugs, so be sure to put some form of pest control in place. Take measures to remove pests as soon as possible.
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