English name:Calathea 'Silvia'
Latin name:Calathea Roseopicta 'Silvia'
About me:You can tell I'm a Rosepicta because I have little lines coming out from the centre of my leaves. My leaves are purple underside, while on top, pale green bleeds into darker green, flecked with pink lines.
Useful to know:
I come from the tropical Rainforests of South America.
I can grow as tall as 60cm and I am a fairly speedy grower.
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.
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.
I prefer warm to high temperatures, ideally between 18-23°C but can cope with as low as 15°C. Please keep me away from draughts!
Apply a weak dose of a nitrogen rich foliage fertiliser once or twice a month during the growing season.
Wipe my leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust, so that I can breathe properly.
High humidity levels are a must. Stand on a wet pebble tray to improve humidity and mist frequently. Pop it in the shower from time to time to give an extra boost.
Good news: I am pet friendly!
I am really good at removing toxins and impurities from the air, so I'll help you breathe more easily.