You Should Be Growing Calathea Types

Calathea plants, which come from tropical rainforests, are fun houseplants to maintain. These tropical plants do not need direct sunlight, which makes it easier to help a plant thrive in low light conditions. Their beautiful leaves will certainly add cheerful pops of color to your home.

With so many species of Calathea–60 in total – there is certainly one that suits you. Caring for Calathea varieties is also not difficult. All you need is a watchful eye, a container with decent drainage holes, the right potted medium and a good watering schedule.

If you are wondering whether or not you should grow Calathea plants, read this article! We will cover some of the most popular Calathea varieties and talk about Calathea care. All this will give you the tools you need for a flowering plant.

Calathea species: tropical plants with style

Let’s take a look at different Calathea plants, identify the botanical name and characteristics of each plant, and discuss their common names. Whether it’s prayer plants, Cathedral plants or even peacock plants that interest you, we have what you need.

Calathea lancifolia, ‘rattlesnake plant’

Rattlesnakes are tropical evergreen plants that can be grown outdoors in parts of California, Florida and Hawaii, but otherwise they are common houseplants. You will need 60° Fahrenheit or warmer. The pattern of rattlesnake Calathea is very similar to that of a particular species of rattlesnake, hence its name. The upper part of the leaf is a beautiful medium green with darker edges and oval spots. Among them is brown or reddish-purple. Indoors, the rattlesnake plant usually grows up to a foot and a half. Outdoor plants can grow up to an extra foot.

Calathea lutea, ‘Calathea cigar’, ‘Cuban cigar’, ‘Pampano’, ‘Maxan’

Used in Guatemala to wrap Tamales, Calathea lutea has long paddle-shaped leaves. This plant grows much larger than the average Calathea at 6 to 10 feet outdoors. Inside it is smaller, but its leaves are huge, sometimes reaching a meter in length. A natural waxy substance forms on the underside of the leaf to protect it from heat. This makes them perfect as potted plants. The cigar cover refers to its flowers, which are reddish-brown or brown waxy bracts that resemble cigars. Tiny yellow flowers appear between these bracts.

Calathea makoyana, ‘peacock plant’, ‘cathedral window’

The peacock plant is so called because of its patterned leaves in the form of a peacock’s tail. This plant has stems of pink or red color. There are cream-colored leaves with forest-green ovals that resemble the eyes of a peacock’s tail or the windows of a cathedral. Under the leaves, the pattern is reflected, except that the deep green is replaced by pink to purple tones. This plant is particularly sensitive to air humidity and prefers a humid climate. It can be grown indoors under the right conditions. Calathea makoyana has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

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