Calathea Vittata | Calathea elliptica 'Vittata'
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Calathea Vittata | Calathea elliptica 'Vittata'

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:

Origin

I am a cultivated variety but my family stem from Colombia.

Height/Growth

I can grow as tall as 60cm and I am a fairly speedy grower.

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 can cope with as low as 15°C. Please 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

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.

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. Click here to buy a similar product Large Calathea Pinestar.

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