Calathea

I have always admired this particular plant but where do I begin to tell you of what drew me to this plant in the first place. I generally came across this plant due to my first purchase of a rattle snake and I suddenly became intrigued. Generally around the time that the sun goes down these beautiful plants fold up, almost as if they need sun to survive. Interesting enough this plant is one that requires shade.

As my love for plants grew so did my collection it became a mission of mine to collect them all. I found at this plant in a nursery not far from me, this was a little odd being as though I had been looking for the same plant online. Only because when I went to the same nursery previously and they didn’t have it. I know just an up and down roller coaster of disappointment and yet I finally got my very own. So it was worth it for me and fun.

The purchase was just the easy part

In this blog you will find

  • Lighting
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Care

Lighting

You may hear some say that indirect light works and or shade, but I have learned the hard way that shade is best when dealing with these plants or even low dim light. When I put them in indirect sunlight it burns my leaves and gives them a burnt crispy leave which just looks awful.

Don’t Overwater

Watering is simply the best part because it allows for your babies to grow, but sometimes we get a little to happy and tend to over water our plants. This is the case for me I am very heavy on the watering side and so now I want from the bottom. These plants do not need to be watered everyday but every week keep in mind moist not mushy.

Fertilizer

I know that there may be a great deal of fertilizers out there but I mostly rely on the “Jobes Houseplant Sticks” This is so much easier then remembering to fertilize each and every plant, as if the watering’s wasn’t enough to remember.

Care Tips In Advance

Humidity

Living in a place that doesn’t provide enough humidity for you plants can suck you are actually going to lose more plants then you save. When it comes to humidity pebble trays do in fact help, what is a pebble tray you may ask?

This is simply a tray that contains rocks and water, place the rocks in a dish and pour filtered water until it reaches just above the rocks.

You can also invest in a humidifier if you feel as thought the pebble tray is not doing you any justice, I originally had a 500mL humidifier trying to cover all of my plants. This was absolutely a no go and it did absolutely nothing for my plants. Searching for a humidifier invest in a bigger on for instance a 4 to 6 L. They may be a tad expensive for a good one but it is all worth it when you think of what you are investing.

Grouping is also another method for humidity, grouping a group of plants to improve the humidity.

Wipe your leaves

From time to time we may see white particles accumulating on our plants in most cases this is just dust that has been acquired throughout your plants stay. A little soap and water will do the trick but I recommend that you wipe your leaves daily to keep them free from dust particles.

Pothos

As of Late I’ve Been Tangled In My Own Vines

I have been thinking quite a lot about self care as of late. Being stuck in the house with nothing to do makes you wonder. What could you be doing instead. Recently I started studying plants and what they can do. I must admit I am very intrigued.

Pothos| Epipremnum

A species of flowering plant

Benefits

Removes household Toxins from the air within your home. According to a study that was completed the pothos removes the following pollutants

  • carbon monoxide
  • formaldehyde
  • toluene
  • benzene

Maintaining Life

  • Pothos is an indoor plant one in which requires light but not direct sunlight. (It can manage within direct sunlight)
  • Dry soil is best when it comes to this plant between waterings
  • Grows in just about any soil you can think of just as long as it is potting soil.

Water Me

When it comes to watering some of my plants I tend to get on a schedule. Some plants require more attention than others and you want to make sure you don’t over do it. This specific plant I generally only water once a week because I don’t want the soil to moist. This could potentially kill your plant and we don’t want that. So once a week should do.

Growth and Change

Would you believe me if I told you that this plant is a fast grower? Generally these plants can grow to be about 20 x 3 to 6 feet so if you into long and and can withstand temperatures up to 90 degrees. You can take care of this plant in your sleep literally it is easy at that.

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Plant Lover Paradise

If you are a plant lover like me then this might be something worth adding to your collection. With the low maintenance it takes to care for a pothos plant. It can basically maintain itself.

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