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Marantaceae - Prayers, Calathea, etc.

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santoury

Does anyone else on here enjoy them? I will be updating this thread eventually with some pictures of mine. 

I have only recently re-discovered them, and am in love! Ease of cultivation, beautiful colors, and sweet flowers, and many of them "move." I'm hooked! 

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Dr Sha

Their motion is a curious thing.

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santoury

I'm curious if you can help me identify one plant I recently bought.

It is a Stromanthe sanguinea, but lacks the coloration of "Triostar." It instead has a single silver band down the middle of each leaf. (The leaves are also held horizontally.) 

I'd love to know if this has a varietal name. 

I can post a pic (I will be adding pics anyway, later, but can sooner, if it will help with an ID.) 

Thanks, Jude 

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santoury

I'm curious to hear if anybody else grows any. 

I found some tubers at the bottom of some pots of Calathea makoyana and another species - Can each individual tuber produce a new plant, does anybody know? 

Hope to find some others here who enjoy them. 

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tropicbreeze

Over the past few years I've collected different Calatheas to trial them for the garden. They're a bit of a 'mixed bag', the different species have different tolerances varying from being weedy to being total wusses. If you pick the right ones for your conditions you should be right. But, you may not be successful with the one you prefer.

 

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santoury

Hi,

Australia makes me think of a more hot, dry climate, which sounds challening for most Marantaceae. I'm curious which ones have done well for you. 

All of mine are inside due to me being in the "Frozen North." So far, I have had wonderful success with all of them; approximately 20 different species / cultivars across several genera. They are proving to be really enjoyable plants. I love how the new leaves unroll. 

 

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tropicbreeze

Depends on where you are in the country, you can get any climate you want if you're prepared to move.

Only got Calathea, about 12 species. The roseo-picta 'Jungle Rose' didn't like it and disappeared. On the other hand roseo-picta 'Royal Standard' is doing well. Warscewiczii is barely hanging in but we're coming into the dry season now so I suspect it'll go this time. Zebrina is another that may not be long for this world. Orbifolia I'm not sure of, it does get knocked by the hot dry weather but still hangs in. Metallica is at the other end of the scale, it's spreading like a weed. Dies back in the dry season despite being under automatic irrigation, back with a vengeance in the wet season.

Just off the top of my head, ornata soldiers on quite well through the dry season, as do rufibarba, insignis. Vittata, medallion, majestica and makoyana seem to be okay. Lutea does well, but it's one of the very tall ones and a bit "un-Calathea" looking.

Bought C. lancifolia some time back but turns out that's a synonym of C. insignis. In fact, it looks like all Calathea have been moved into genus Goeppertia, so Calathea itself is a synonym. The taxonomists do keep busy.

 

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