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new plant

The previous owner left it when she moved out, and I'd love to be able to take care of it.

  • That's a new one. Looks like the tallest maranta I've ever seen. – kevinsky Jul 18 '16 at 15:58
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    Calathea lubbersii I reckon.... – Bamboo Jul 18 '16 at 16:56
  • What does Rhapis Excelsa do for you? – Throsby Jul 19 '16 at 2:21
  • I second CALATHEA lubbersii (Peacock Plant) @Bamboo – Viv Jul 19 '16 at 5:56
  • @Throsby nothing, if you're asking whether its that instead, otherwise, a nice plant! – Bamboo Jul 19 '16 at 11:59
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I believe your plant is Calathea lubbersii, which belongs to the Maranta group of plants. They are quite fussy about their cultural requirements, but whatever the owner (or you) have been doing has obviously been appropriate because the plant looks very healthy and is quite tall, though the depth of the pot may account for that as much as anything - my houseplant book says to plant this in relatively shallow but wide pots, but yours is doing just fine, and luckily, plants can't read.

This one's grown for its marked leaves, but the colours fade somewhat if the plant is exposed to direct sunlight all day, they are better with indirect, bright light, so a well lit sunless spot is best. Average warmth, but with a minimum temperature of 60degF, relatively high humidity levels (mist the plant regularly, specially in winter when the heating's on), keep the compost moist at all times (but not sitting permanently in water in an outer pot), reduce watering in winter, and preferably use soft, tepid water.

Some images of various Maranta/Calathea plants (including yours) in the link below, together with basic general care instructions

http://www.tropgard.com/plant-profiles/138-calathea

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