Peacock Plant, Brain Plant

Latin name: Calathea makoyana
Common name: Peacock Plant, Brain Plant
Plant group:
Green plants
Plant family:
Marantaceae
Climate:
Tropical rainforest climate
Minimal temperature: 18-20°C (64-68°F)
Optimal temperature: 28-32°C (82-89°F)
Recommended place:
mid-shade
Soil:
humus-peat-loosely
Plant form:
upright, columnar
branch
Height: 50 cm (19.5 in.)
Flower color:
white
Repotting: every 24 months (2 years)
Rarity: no
Pests:
Falcifer ground mealybag (Rhizzoecus falcifera)
Privet mite (Brevipalpus obovatus)
Diseases:
Pytium blight (Helminthosporium, Pythium, Fusarium)
Origin territory:
South America
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Calathea is a herbaceous perennial from the Tropical Americas like Brazil, Guyana, Columbia and Nicaragua. The handsome leaves are the attraction for tropical gardeners and indoor plant lovers as well.

Calethea requires good drainage, high humidity, medium light and warm night temperatures, which makes it somewhat difficult to grow. Water thoroughly, keep soil evenly moist to touch (not saturated). Soil for calathea should be highly organic and well drained. Don't let sit in water. Low humidity and direct sunlight will cause leaf burn.