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Calathea makoyana, Maranta makoyana, Peacock plant
 Calathea makoyana, Maranta makoyana
Family: Marantaceae
Peacock plant
Origin: Central and South America and the Caribbean
groundcover and low-growingshadesemi-shadekeep soil moistornamental foliageincuded in CD catalog

Mostly grown in gardens for the handsomely patterned foliage. Calathea prefers moist, shady, jungle-like conditions in a garden and is also often grown as potted specimens. When it is used as a house plant, the leaves should be sprayed with water several times a week. Propagation is by root division. Water with soft water. Keep uniform high humidity and temperature. Look best when grouped with other foliage plants. Can be used in a bottle garden or terrarium. This plant requires very specific growing conditions in order to thrive. Place in a warm, shady position i.e. one that never receives direct or indirect sun. Feed with a liquid fertiliser every two weeks during Spring and Summer and once a month during Autumn and Winter. Stand on a tray filled with water and pebbles to increase humidity. Water plentifully. Never allow to dry out - keep the potting mixture moist at all times. Repot every Spring using a mix of two thirds potting mixture and one third leaf mould or peat. Once the plant has been potted on to a fifteen centimetre pot , it is only necessary to replace the top layer of soil.


 
Calathea makoyana, Maranta makoyana, Peacock plant

Calathea makoyana, Maranta makoyana, Peacock plant
Calathea makoyana, Maranta makoyana, Peacock plant
Calathea makoyana, Maranta makoyana, Peacock plant
Underside of leaves


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