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Calathea & Ctenanthe

Calathea is a genus of flowering plants in the Marantaceae family, native to tropical regions of the Americas. They are commonly grown as houseplants for their decorative foliage and ability to thrive in low-light conditions. Calathea plants are known for their broad, glossy leaves that come in various shapes and colors, often featuring intricate patterns and vibrant hues.

Calathea & Ctenanthe collection

Appearence:

Calathea leaves are typically large, oval-shaped, and held on long stems. The foliage can vary widely in color and pattern, with some species exhibiting bold stripes, spots, or marbling in shades of green, purple, pink, and white. Many Calathea varieties have leaves that fold up at night, resembling praying hands, and unfold during the day, giving them the nickname "prayer plants."

Growth Habit:

Ctenanthe plants have similar cultural requirements to Calathea and thrive in indirect or filtered light. They prefer consistently moist but well-draining soil and high humidity levels. Regular misting or placement near a humidifier can help maintain optimal growing conditions for Ctenanthe plants

Indoor Use:

Calathea plants are commonly grown as indoor houseplants due to their ornamental foliage and adaptability to indoor environments. They make excellent additions to interior spaces such as living rooms, offices, or bedrooms, where their striking foliage can be appreciated.

Care and Maintenance:

Proper watering is crucial for Calathea plants, as they are prone to root rot if the soil remains waterlogged. They also benefit from occasional fertilization during the growing season to support healthy growth and foliage development. Calathea plants may benefit from periodic repotting to refresh the soil and provide room for root growth.

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