English name:Calathea Vittata
Latin name:Calathea elliptica 'Vittata'
About me:I am a rarer member of the Calathea family with bright green elliptical leaves featuring sleek white stripes that look hand-painted.
Useful to know:
I am a cultivated variety but my family stem from Colombia.
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.