Calathea, Peacock Plants, Rattlesnake Plants, Zebra Plants
Calathea is a large genus of almost 300 species. Prized as houseplants for their striking and attractive patterned foliage, and pretty flowers, these have been widely cultivated worldwide. They are native to tropical America and this genus contains multiple threatened species. They don’t require direct sunshine and need high humidity for optimal growth. They are commonly called Prayer Plants due to their habit of raising and lowering their leaves over the course of a day, as if in prayer!
Divide in spring. Remove stems with roots and replant to new areas.
Can be easily propagated from stem cuttings, simply remove cleanly from the mother plant, ensuring the cutting includes a node. Allow the wound to close and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months.
Sow seed when ripe.