Bright Calathea Houseplants For Your House
Houseplants can not only brighten a space but also purify the air. The genus Calathea houseplants comprises countless species that come with bright green, violet-suffused leaves that have vividly-contrasting ribs and veins. The leaves are simple and variegated with a variety of colors, depending on the species. Some Calathea species produce extremely large leaves, while others are more modest in scale. The inflorescence can vary in color from bright red to blue. People growing members of this genus as houseplants are usually interested in the foliage, as the plants can bloom infrequently when they are grown indoors. There are over 300 different types of Calathea plants, as various cultivars and hybrids have been developed by researchers worldwide. To care Calathea houseplants, choose a bright but shaded spot within a warm room. The plant would grow well if you place it near an east or a west window with curtain (or shade from a tree). You may place it in your bathroom, if it is bright. It cannot withstand sudden changes in temperature, and hot and cold drafts. So do not keep it in front of a heater, an air conditioning vent, or a leaky window.
Add peat-based potting mix (2 parts peat and 1 part perlite) to the pot. The quality of the planting mix ensures good health of the plant. Once you leave the nursery, see to it that plant roots do not dry out or get damaged before you place the plant into the pot filled with soil. The soil should hold moisture. It should be well-drained too. Otherwise, the roots would rot. To ensure proper growth of the plant, feed the plant with a good liquid fertilizer every 15 days, from April to October. Regular pruning and timely removal of brown leaves can help maintain the height of the Calathea houseplants.