Calathea 'fusion white' 40cm
Calathea are tropical houseplants that are popular for the striking markings on their abundant foliage. They are also called peacock, zebra, or rattlesnake plants, referring to their decorative leaves that resemble features of those animals. In their native habitat, calathea species are known for their strikingly shaped inflorescences; as a houseplant, however, they rarely flower indoors.
The variegated leaf of the calathea 'White Fusion' cultivar has a green leaf with contrasting white markings. The underside has a magenta hue that runs over the stems. While their care can be a little more finicky than some houseplants, once you get it right, you'll be rewarded with a striking display of foliage that grows profusely and quickly.
Calathea can be quite specific in terms of their care requirements, and Calathea 'White Fusion' is no exception. These plants like moisture, but not excessive amounts, exposure to the sun is good, but not too much, and extreme temperatures should be avoided.
You should regularly wipe the large leaves of calathea 'White Fusion' to remove dust. Removing dust from the leaves allows the plant to breathe properly. Do not use leaf brighteners; they can cause damage. Don't panic if you see a rare, small amount of discoloration. Brown ends are to be expected; the foliage of this cultivar is delicate.
Finding the right light level for your plant is one of the most critical care elements for Calathea 'White Fusion'. An incorrect light level can cause poor variegation development on the plant. This plant needs filtered bright light. Too much light can fade the drawing and curl the leaves; too much shade and the drawing will not develop well at all.
Soil mixes recommended for African violets are often also well suited for calathea cultivars because they hold moisture well and drain excess water. You can create a peaty, airy, lightweight potting mix by combining orchard bark, perlite, and standard potting soil.
The calathea 'White Fusion' likes constant humidity, but soggy and waterlogged conditions are a recipe for disaster. Soil that is too wet can lead to root rot and bacterial and fungal problems. Make sure the plant's pot has suitable drainage holes. Water thoroughly, but make sure the water drains through the bottom and does not collect in a collection tray.
Once the top inch of soil is dry, your plant will need more water. In the summer you will probably water once a week. Since the plant grows more slowly in winter, it will need less water, probably only every two weeks. Use the finger test to check the first inch of soil for moisture, but crackling leaves indicate that your plant is too dry.
Many enthusiasts choose to use collected rainwater or distilled water for their calathea, as this plant is sensitive could be for chemicals in the water. However, tap water at room temperature is fine.
Temperature and humidity
Avoid temperature extremes. Although she likes warmer temperatures, sweltering heat can be too much for this plant. For example, if you heat your house all day in winter but stop heating at night, this sudden change could shock your plant. The drying conditions of heaters can also be a problem in decimating humidity levels.
If humidity retention around the plant is a concern, you can place the flowerpot on a tray with some pebbles. Any water that drains and collects in the pebbles will eventually evaporate and increase the humidity without affecting the to soak the roots of the plant. Or you can invest in a humidifier that will benefit all kinds of tropical houseplants. Keep your calathea 'White Fusion' away from direct drafts, but balance it with proper ventilation.
Calathea 'White Fusion' appreciates a monthly application of liquid fertilizer during its growing season-spring to fall; stop feeding in winter. Choose a nitrogen-rich fertilizer designed for houseplants with dense foliage. The plant will only need a weak dose or half the strength recommended on the fertilizer package.
Botanical name Calathea let saidi Altitude 40cm Pot size 14cm Place Partial shade Water requirement Keep moist Toxic Toxic Repot Every 2 years Packaging Special plants mail box Maintenance Normal