Calathea Roseopicta ‘Illustris’ Prayer Plant – 6cm

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Calathea roseopicta ‘Illustris’ originates from Brazil and is part of the marantaceae family. It’s round leaves which are dark green with a beautiful pink colour pattern around the edge and in the centre give the plant a unique look. The Calathea’s natural habitat is the floor on a tropical rain forest, so to keep your plant happy, you should mimic these conditions as best as you can. It can grow up to 20-30 inches when given the right conditions, and looks great on a plant table, stand or shelf close by so you can really appreciate its beauty.

 

It is non toxic.

Is not sold with ceramic pot shown in picture.

*Please note* Plants may have been watered before shipping, do not water upon arrival unless they are dry.

Light

Part sun, part shade (indirect light) – Plants with this requirement are easy to find a perfect spot for. West- or East-facing windows are great for these or even a spot further away from a very sunny window.

 

Watering

Medium demand – Before you water always feel the soil the top layer should be dry before giving more water. This plant loves water but does not want their roots to live in water, so water well and then let the soil almost dry out before watering again. If the plant gets too much water, it is at risk of rot.

Water type sensitive – Try not to use water straight from the tap because this plant is extremely sensitive. You can use filtered water, rain water or tap water which has been sat out for at least 24 hours to allow some of the chemicals to evaporate.

 

Temperature

These are the recommended temperatures for your plant to thrive, making it happy and healthy: 18°C-25°C

 

Fertilizing 

Growth period – The growth period for this plant is spring/summer.

In optimal conditions, it should be fertilised during the growth period because this will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth. You can use a diluted liquid fertiliser or sprinkle a solid fertiliser (Silver Soil Booster) on top of the soil. Always follow the product instructions.

Resting period – The growth period for this plant is autumn/winter.

Only fertilise this plant in its resting period  if it is actively growing (putting out new leaves) and use a weak fertiliser at half the recommended dose. Most plants will go dormant in and stop growing so will not need fertilisation. If you were to fertilise a dormant plant it won’t absorb the nutrients which will stay in the soil and can cause chemical burn to the plant.

 

Humidity

High humidity – This means keeping them in a warm, humid, draft free location. You can increase humidity by using pebble trays under your pots, by grouping plants close together, by misting in the morning and of course using a humidifier.

 

Toxicity

Non-Toxic

 

Soil

Standard houseplant mix – You want the soil to be moist but well-draining. Try 2 parts coco coir or potting mix and 1-part perlite. If the plant is drying out to quickly in your environment, then use less perlite. Conversely if the soil is staying too soggy add more perlite.

 

As with any plant, do not repot within 1-2 weeks of receiving as you need your plant to acclimatise to your house and recover from the stress of shipping.

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