Calathea zebrina
Calathea zebrina
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Calathea zebrina

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Goeppertia were previously classified as Calathea, you may see this plant labelled as Calathea zebrina

Goeppertia zebrina is part of the Marantaceae family and its native range is Brazil (Bahia to Santa Catarina). Leaves grow from long petioles from basal rosettes. Leaves are dark green with a velvety texture and broad chartreuse stripes. Leaf undersides are reddish-purple. 

Goeppertia zebrina display a nyctinastic response, meaning leaves move to be upright at night. 
Genus name comes from the Latin ‘calathus’ in reference to the bract looking like a basket of flowers. Specific epithet means ‘stripes like a zebra’, this is in reference to the stripes on the leaves.

Pot: ø 14cm.

Height: Approximately 50cm from base of pot.

Light: Even if this plant doesn’t see the sun but receives indirect light all day, it will put out new growth, however, for optimum growth and pronounced variegation, provide this plant with bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain. 

Water: Given adequate light, keep the potting mix evenly moist. If the soil dries out too much, the plant will become limp, aerate the mix with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes. Over the next day or so, the leaves will perk up. 

Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.

Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, a little bit of orchid bark and worm castings. Adding a small amount of sphagnum moss will help to retain moisture in the mix.

Temperature: 18-23˚C.

Humidity: Goeppertia prefer higher humidity (over 60%. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.

Goeppertia are non-toxic.