Calathea Beauty Star
Calatheas. This genus holds so many meanings to so many collectors. The Beautystar seems to not even look like a real plant with its brush-stroked olive green leaves against the deeper sage and lightly dappled highlights of white almost pink that rest above. What’s even more amazing is the way this baby moves throughout the day, folding open to the light in the morning until it closes again in the evening to display its aubergine undersides. And they just adore attention.
They want as much of their owner’s love as they can get. That means they love a consistently damp soil similar to ferns, but nothing soggy, preferring regular tiny sips of water rather than a big drenching every now and again. Let your water sit out overnight beforehand or better yet use filtered water or even collect your own rainwater. City tap water, hard water or water high in flouride and salts is not going to get you anywhere with this one.
As a native to South America, the Calathea Beautystar wants high humidity, warmth but no drafts (that means away from the heater or furnace). Put it next to other plants to help create a greenhouse effect. Pebble trays filled with water for it to sit on and humidifiers are also great. Temperatures should be consistent and warm for them. If you can trick them into thinking they’re back home in South America, you’re on the right track.
Size: Approximately 30-35cm long in a 10cm nursery pot
Care tips: bright indirect light, high humidity, minimum of 18 C, maintaining a damp soil