What cultivar of Calathea is this?

plantomaniac08(8)May 9, 2013

I just purchased this at a local greenhouse and would like an ID if possible. It's currently in bloom (added bonus) and the undersides of the leaves are green (not maroon as I'd expect).

Thanks!

Planto

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saleh14

I think it is Calathea bella
and it needs high humidity

Saleh

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 11:23AM
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plantomaniac08(8)

Saleh,
I believe you're right, I looked up Calathea bella and the pictures look just like mine. Thanks! With respect to humidity, would a tray filled with water and rocks placed underneath the plant be sufficient?

Planto

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 2:16PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

That is a pretty C. bella

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 2:54PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

A pebble-tray will help with the humidity some,..yes.

Of course whenever I can manage to get my hands on such things like terrariums and wardian cases,plants that lust for humidity are very happy in them and it shows.

Meanwhile the pebble-tray will do. :)

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 4:27PM
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tropicbreezent

I have 2 that look like this. One is very short and grows almost like a ground cover. The other is much taller. Whenever I buy Calatheas that's all there ever is on the label - "Calathea" and never a species or even variety. But they still look good whatever the name.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 12:31AM
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plantomaniac08(8)

Tropic,
I agree with "they still look good whatever the name." :)

Planto

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 2:48AM
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KatherynIridaceae

As far as the humidity question goes I move mine to the bathroom every now and then. For two or three days. Does just fine.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 9:42PM
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