Calathea is a tropical plant from Brazil, Guyana, Colombia and Nicaragua. The handsome leaves are the attraction for tropical gardeners and indoor plant lovers as well. They are easy to grow indoors. Simple provide bright, indirect light and keep evenly moist, not wet or dry.
The Giant Bamburanta is a bushy evergreen perennial that grows up to 3 feet tall and prefers warm, sheltered, shady, and humid conditions. It is a colorful tropical houseplant and has attractive variegated foliage and inconspicuous flowers. The plant is a member of the Marantaceae or arrowroot family. They are frequently called the prayer-plant family. The plants in this genus typically fold up their leaves at night as if in prayer. The leaves unfurl during the day.
Another common name for this plant is the Never Never Plant. The cultivar, 'Tricolor,' is most commonly available and has creamy white and green leaves with a reddish color beneath.
The plant is native to Northeast Brazil. They are adapted to shaped tropical forests and jungles.
The genus, Ctenanthe, was first described in 1884. The name, Ctenanthe, is derived from the Greek word ktenos, which means "comb." and anthera meaning "anther."
The Giant Bamburanta requires bright indirect sunlight, moist and well-drained soil, and high to medium humidity. Brown leaf margins and curled leaves may indicate underwatering. Yellowing leaves may result from overwatering. The plant is intolerant to mineral and salt build-up from the use of tap water which may result in brown leaf tips. Distilled or filtered water is recommended. Drafts should be avoided. No pruning is required. It is recommended that the plant be fertilized monthly during its growth cycle. The plant should be repotted annually, preferably in the spring or early summer. It may take 5-10 years for the plant to reach its ultimate height.
Prefers bright, indirect light
Keep evenly moist, not wet or dry
Easy to grow house plant
Proper name: Calathea concinna
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