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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

GROWING SILVER VARIEGATED CALATHEA IN MY GARDEN.

Few years ago, I adopted some plants from an elderly girlfriend. She was finding it too tiring having to care for so many plants and needed to cut down on her gardening activities.
 One of the plants is this Silver Variegated Calathea plant.
Its scientific name is Calathea Picturata Argentea.
 The leaves are silver with dark green outer band or edge. It has a pale green centre vein running from the tip to the base of the leaf.
 The underside of the leaves are wine red or purplish red.
The leaves are supported by long thin upright stem.
Each stem supports a single leaf.
The tiny white flowers comes from the leafy spikes.
 This Silver Variegated Calathea plant is grown in moist garden soil with good water drainage. It grows in clumps.
 This plant is placed in partial shade, exposed to the morning sun.
It is grown in a pot, suitable as an indoor plant. It has low maintenance. It is generally free from pest. No pruning is needed, except to remove the dead leaves.
Propagation is by division of rhizomes including offsets or small baby plants.
It is not a seed bearing plant.

Sow your seed in the morning,

and at evening let your hands not be idle,

for you do not know which will succeed,

whether this or that,

or whether both will do equally well.

(Eccl 11:6, NIV)

50 comments:

  1. I prefer planting leaves than flowers cos they can last longer whereas flowers will easily wither away though some may be lasting too. The red leaves looks nice. I have a pot but I think is different from yours. Happy gardening....

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    1. I too prefer leaves than flowers for the same reason as yours. The red leaves belong to the Red & Green Chinese Evergreen plant. It is different from your pink leaves. Have a wonderful week!

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  2. It looks familiar, a very pretty plant.

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  3. lovely color tones there . Uiks they have flower ah...i didnt know.

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    1. Thank you. Ha ha yes, they do have flowers but very tiny white flowers. Hardly noticeable!

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  4. I LOVE this....I always seem to really like plants with leaves that are green and white/silver.

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    1. Hi Rose, these leaves add colours to our garden and they are beautiful!

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  5. Your garden is a slice of heaven Nancy. It really is.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee for you generous compliment. Have a beautiful day!

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  6. Belas e verdejantes fotografias.
    Um abraço e boa semana.

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    1. Thank you, Francisco. Wishing you best wishes and have a lovely day!

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  7. You do have green fingers, Nancy. This plant looks very healthy.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Amalia. The plants in my garden have their ups and downs. Sometimes they look good, sometimes not good at all.

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  8. Thanks for showing me how the flowers look like for this plant.

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    1. You are most welcome, Mun. The big leaves overshadow the tiny flowers.

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  9. These are lovely plants - they look a but like our hostas which get eaten to shreds by slugs.
    Caz xx

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    1. Thank you. I have googled and found that hostas are beautiful plants too.

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  10. Hello,

    Very interesting and informative post with lovely photos.

    I also grow some plants but I am not very sure of their names.

    I water them whenever I have time and add some cow dung manure.

    At present some of those plants have given out lovely flowers.

    Best wishes

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    1. Thank you, Joseph. I am now having more interest to learn more about the plants in my garden. Many plants, I do not know their names but I learn a lot from the gardener's group that I have joined. Over here, cow dung manure is not easy to find.

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  11. So beautiful, Nancy! I have seen these in a nature park greenhouse and they are lovely!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I think if I have grown them in the ground instead of in a pot, their leaves will be bigger and more showy.

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    1. Hi William, maybe it is not found in your area? Have a lovely day!

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  13. Leaves are interesting and look so healthy

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. This plant is quite easy to grow and maintain.

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  14. Nancy, this is another very attractive plant. I wonder how many varieties of plants you have in your garden. They sure keep you busy!

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    1. Thank you, Phong Hong. Ha ha..I do have enough to keep me busy most of the morning. I am slowly cutting down on my plants. The garden is taking too much of my time.

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  15. From your blog, i learn about the different types of plants....

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    1. Hi Sharon, thank you for staying so patiently with me as I show you my plants.

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  16. Wow..you really have a lot of beautiful plants :)/thanks for the information on these beautiful plants...

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    1. Thanks, Elin. I am sure your garden is beautiful also.

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  17. My house is full with leaf plants. Now trying to add more colours to my garden. Haha.

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    1. Hi Rose, I started with leaves, then hubby insisted on adding more flowers for colours and finally now, I am pulling the brakes. Lol!

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  18. Never seen this type before. :) I'm impressed with your knowledge of the names and care!

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    1. Thank you, Stacy. Sometimes I have to google to find out the names and sometimes I seek the help of gardening sifus from the gardening group I have joined.

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    1. Thank you, ladyfi. Have a beautiful day!

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    2. Thank you, ladyfi. Have a beautiful day!

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    3. Thank you, ladyfi. Have a beautiful day!

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  20. Wow, those leaves are so beautiful. Nice job Nancy.
    Have a wonderful day my friend. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

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    1. Thank you, Paul. Have a lovely weekend!

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  21. You are such a great gardener (if I may say so) all the plants and flowers you grow look so pretty!

    Tanya
    www.StripesNVibes.com
    BlogLovin

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    1. Thank you, Tanya. There are times when my plants do fall sick and doesn't look good.

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  22. What a beautiful plant, Nancy. You have an amazing garden. I hope mine will be as vibrant as yours one day.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. Your garden will surely be vibrant one day.

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  23. I wish I could find that plant here. I would love to care for one.

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