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Calatheas come in many varieties with lots of interesting leaf shapes and colors. Some well-known varieties are Peacock, Burle Marx and Pink Scribe. Cousins to Prayer Plants (Maranta), leaves of these exquisite plants are usually deep green with markings and stripes of silver, pink, burgundy and pale green.

LIGHT / TEMPERATURE: They thrive in bright indirect sunlight coming from northern, eastern or western direction. Try to keep the temperature between 60 and 85 degrees.

WATER: Calatheas like high humidity. Keep the soil evenly moist at all times and use warm water. Place pebble or gravel in the drainage dish to hold water and increase humidity. Make sure the pot is sitting on the gravel and not in the water. Always use a pot with a hole in it. When repotting, use a rich potting mix such as African violet mix.

Feed every 2 weeks spring through fall with a water soluable fertilizer diluted by half. Keep away from drafts. Calatheas are most prone to mealy bugs, scale and spider mite so regular inspections are important.

These plants are most often grown in 6" pots although at times, they are available in 8" pots.