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Calathea 'Dottie'

Calathea 'Dottie'

Regular price $28.28 USD
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Common NamesPeacock Plant, Zebra Plant

Botanical Name: Calathea 'Dottie'

Calathea 'Dottie' Description

Calathea 'Dottie' has large, rounded leaves that showcase a rich, dark purple coloration, providing a stark contrast to the vivid pink outlining each leaf. Like other Calatheas, the 'Dottie' exhibits nyctinastic movements, meaning its leaves move up at night as though in prayer, which adds an element of dynamism to its presence. This plant's lush appearance and compact growth habit make it well-suited for indoor settings where space may be limited. Leaves will change color under different lighting environments.

Care Plan for Calathea 'Dottie'

Light: The Calathea 'Dottie' thrives in medium to bright, indirect light. It can tolerate low light conditions, but the vibrancy of its leaf colors may diminish. Direct sunlight should be avoided as it can fade the leaf colors and potentially scorch the delicate foliage.

Watering: Water this plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Calathea 'Dottie' prefers consistent moisture but is sensitive to overwatering, which can lead to root rot. Use distilled or filtered water if possible, as Calatheas can be sensitive to fluoride and other chemicals commonly found in tap water.

Humidity: High humidity is crucial for maintaining the health and appearance of the 'Dottie'. If the air in your home is dry, particularly during winter months, use a humidifier or place the plant on a pebble tray filled with water to increase humidity. Regular misting can also help.

Temperature: Keep temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Avoid sudden temperature fluctuations and drafts, as Calatheas are sensitive to cold and may experience stress or damage under such conditions.

Child and Pet Safety: Calathea 'Dottie' is non-toxic to both pets and humans, making it a safe choice for family homes.

General Tips: Fertilize every month during the growing season with a diluted, balanced fertilizer to encourage growth. Rotate the plant occasionally to ensure even growth on all sides. Clean the leaves regularly with a soft, damp cloth to remove dust and help the plant photosynthesize effectively.

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