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Carnivorous plant. Grows best with tropical conditions and uniformly damp, but not waterlogged soils.
Dry summer dormancy in its native habitat, but this dry period does not appear to be required in cultivation.
Beautifully camouflage like pattern of dark, light greens and yellows cover each leaf attached to an interesting bluish-black stalk. Commonly known as Elephant's Ear, this unique tropical-looking plant grows 2-3ft tall with a similar spread. Prefers aerated soil containing bark, coarse perlite and peat moss. Fast once established, which takes approximately 4-6 weeks. Grown for its beautifully irregularly marked leaves. This particular variety is a good semi-aquatic plant for the edge of a pond or even in a large terrarium setting. Alocasias are heavy feeders, provide water soluble fertilizer every 2-3 weeks and water regularly. Lift tubers and over winter in a frost free environment. Replant after last frost in spring.
Spectacular plant with puckered ribbed leaves with maroon undersides and orange/yellow flame-like flowers. Partially shaded light, it will lose some of its markings if denied light, though does not like full sun. Calathea wants high humidity and high temperatures as well. Indoors, mist several times a week to provide added humidity. Remember, this is a jungle plant. This plant tells you when to go to bed at night: its leaves close up.
A new patented hybrid from Malaysia, this showy plant has hot pink stems and variegated marbled large elongated leaves. They are white/green color on the surface (white stripes) and light purple underneath. A guaranteed eye catcher! Perfect container plant, great for indoor garden. The plant prefers light shaded to bright (filtered light) environment, direct sun should be avoided. Water thoroughly and do not allow to dry out completely.
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.