Calathea Crocata

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Calathea crocata also known as eternal flame is native to Brazil. Its puckered ribbed leaves have maroon undersides, the flowers are orange/yellow pom poms that rise above the leaves. After sunset, the leaves fold up.

 

CARE

The eternal flame (Calathea crocata) can be placed in bright or indirect light. Too much direct afternoon sun will cause leaf burn. Morning or evening sun is okay.

 

Keep your calathea evenly moist but not too wet. Water thoroughly when the soil surface is dry to the touch. Do not allow it to dry out completely. Sitting in water can cause rot.

 

A water soluble fertilizer at half strength can be given monthly in spring/ summer and every six to

eight weeks in fall / winter.

 

Misting the leaves of your calathea with water regularly will increase humidity and keep the leaves

free of dust.

 

They like a comfortable room temperature year round and need a winter minimum of 15°C / 59°F.

 

If you have difficulty getting your plant to bloom, some weeks of total darkness for 12-14 hours every day can be helpful.