Calathea triostar (Stromanthe Sanguinea)

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How to look after your Calathea Triostar (Stromanthe Sanguinea) 

Moderate - bright indirect light. Will tolerate lower light conditions rather than brighter one - so if unsure choose the shadier spot!

Keep slightly moist. Allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering again. Avoid overwatering which can cause root rot.

This is a tropical plant used to the floor of the Brazilian rain forest so thrives with lots of humidity. Bunch together with other plants or use a diffuser to create the perfect environment.

Feed once a month during its growing season with a diluted houseplant fertiliser.

History of Calathea Triostar

Stromanthe Triostar isn't actually a Calathea but is very closely related hence the common name. It is native to Brazil and can grow up to 5 feet tall in the wild. 

Why is it called a Prayer Plant?

Prayer Plants get their name from their ability to fold their leaves up at night like praying hands.

Why do they do this?
They open their leaves during the day to absorb as much sunlight as possible, allowing photosynthesis to take place. In the evening, when there is no more light source, why they fold them back however, is still in debate. Some believe it to prevent bacteria and fungus from forming on their leaves, whilst other believe its solely due to their circadian rhythm. Receptors in the plants leaves respond to light in what is called nyctinastic movement ( like muscle that flexes and relaxes when exposed to a light source). 

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