Never Never Plant

English name:

Never Never Plant

Latin name:

Calathea burle marxii 'Blue Ice'

About me:

I was named after Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, and I have gorgeous fish bone markings on my leaves.

Useful to know:

Origin

I am native to Central and South America.

Height/Growth

I can grow to about 15" in height quite easily but taper off a little after that.

Light

I like a lot of diffused light, but direct sunlight will cause the leaves to fade and lose my precious markings. Because I grow on the canopy floor, I can tolerate shade, but I grow much better with indirect light.

Water

I like my soil to be moist, but I am also susceptible to root rot, so don't let me sit in water. Think little and often as a watering policy.

Temperature

I prefer warm to high temperatures, ideally between 18-23°C but I can cope with as low as 15°C. Keep me away from draughts.

Feeding

Apply a weak dose of a nitrogen rich foliage fertiliser once or twice a month during the growing season.

Grooming

Wipe my leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust, so that I can breathe properly.

Care

I like humidity so please occasionally spray me with water.

Toxicity

Good news: I am pet friendly!

Fact

I am really good at removing toxins and impurities from the air, so I'll help you breathe more easily.

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