Calathea Leopardina is a prayer plant, the common name for plants that tend to fold their foliage as night falls. Calathea are grown for their beautifully ornamental leaves. The base color for leopardina is a bright, almost lime-green. Along the midrib of each leaf are green stripes that extend almost, but not quite to the edge of the leaf. Other names for this plant include 'Zebra Plant'.
Calatheas grow best in an evenly moist, well-drained soil. They thrive in humid environments. Feed with a slow-release fertilizer at planting. Beautiful accent for borders, containers or as houseplants. Protect from freezing temperatures!
It flourishes best in bright indirect sunlight or filtered sunlight to partial shade. Keep your plant out of direct sunlight, because too much of direct sunlight burns the leaves of a Plant and causes the wonderful leaf hues to fade.
Water regularly, during the growing season. Keep soil constantly moist but never water-logged. Overwatering can cause root rot and kill the plant. During the winter season, reduce watering and only water the plant when the top inch soil to dry out between watering. Use distilled water or rainwater because this plant is sensitive to fluoride and salts in tap water.
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