The Calathea Burle also called Calathea Burle Marx/Maranta, is a small growing plant native to the Brazilian rainforest, South America. The plant belongs to the prayer plant family closing its foliage in the night and opening them towards the evening. It proudly displays a lush foliage of silver and pastel green stripes with distinct veins as an undertone. Named after Roberto Burle Marx, a famous Brazilian botanist and landscape designer, the Calathea features large oval-shaped leaves perfect for rooms with abundant space.
Although the Calathea Burle/Maranta plants do not produce fragrant flowers, they have relatively reddish undersides and tiny white flowers with cherry red bracts. The Calathea houseplant is an exciting addition to your indoor plant decor for its vivid colours and constant movement that tends to adds life to your space. It is a slow-growing plant that takes up to two seasons to reach maturity. Once grown, watch the plants display its brilliantly variegated evergreen leaves in a pretty gorgeous attitude all year long.
- Other names: Calathea Burle is also called Fishbone Prayer Plant, Calathea Amabilis, Calathea Burle Marxii and Stromanthe Amabilis.
- Planting environment: Grow the plant indoors. Best placed on a tray or hanged by a northern or eastern-facing window.
- Sunlight: It prefers shade, indirect sunlight or medium to bright filtered light. Leaves will lose their colour if exposed to the direct sun rays.
- Watering/Soaking: Soak the moss ball 3/4th in water for 5 minutes at least once a week or when you feel the moss ball is dry and light in weight. Check that the moss ball is slightly dry before next soaking to avoid root rot.
- Misting: Calatheas are healthier and happier in evenly moist soil. Mist the plant daily.
- Fertilisation: Feed the plant twice a month with balanced liquid plant fertilised, especially in summer. Reduce plant feeding to once a month during winter.
- Temperature: Adapts to a broad range of temperature but intolerant to freezing temperatures.
Humidity– Low humid areas can cause plants leaves to change colour. Place a glass of water or humidifier nearby.