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My new houseplant

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Stopped at the garden center on our way home from town to buy few primulas and winter pansies for my outside table on the deck.

To my surprise, their outside spaces were completely empty. They were closed for inventory for 2 weeks and their perennial area, including wines and rhododendrons and other such plants were not in their usual space. It looked weird. Although, they did have primulas , pansies and hellebore in front.

Despite the lack of their usual inventory outside their inside houseplant section was full of interesting plants.
I decided to buy one of them even though inside of our house is limited for new plant additions.
This was my choice: Calathea lancifolia (rattlesnake plant)
with long, elegant, ornamental foliage , wavy green leaves which are red underneath and an interesting brushstroke pattern resembling reptile skin.


It was recently reclassified to “Goeppertia insignis”

Native to the Brazil .
I understand this is not an easy houseplant to keep
No direct sunlight or otherwise it will lose the markings.
Needs high humidity, slightly moist or “damp”….. almost always but never “wet” and it generally won’t flower inside because its hard to get these conditions right.

Nice when looking down at them from above

Attractive red underside

Wish me luck and please, let me know if you have any experience with them.

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They are beautiful plants Klahanie but as you say require very particular care.I bought one for a friend at Xmas...thought I should print off the care instructions as she hasn't much idea about houseplants.So far so good.I also bought a beautiful Grisela Graham pot to go with it.I hope yours does well for you.
Did the same yesterday...the local supermarket was selling primulas and looked very cheerful.

25 Jan, 2023

 

looks a nice colourful plant , all the best with the little beauty

25 Jan, 2023

 

We can compare notes, Klahanie. I bought one recently, too. It looks ok so far, but only a week!

25 Jan, 2023

 

my daughter has a similar one and she keeps it slightly dry and it is doing well. One that she kept damper died as it was probably just too damp.

I love the red under leaf. a very smart looking plant.

25 Jan, 2023

 

A beautiful plant,Klahanie,I love the colouring.I've never had one of these,as I cut back drastically on house plants, but I'm sure it will do well with your TLC.:o) .

25 Jan, 2023

 

Yes I too hope it does well for you Klahanie, it really is a beauty! Such a vivid pattern on the leaves, fingers crossed..

25 Jan, 2023

 

Good luck, Kalhanie, I dont "do" houseplants as I neglect them.

25 Jan, 2023

 

I've never had one of these but its very striking, I love the colouring, hope it does well for you Klahanie....

25 Jan, 2023

 

It's a lovely plant. I've got a Calathea, and two close relatives, but never heard of this one.
Good luck !

25 Jan, 2023

 

Thank you everyone for your nice comments and encouragement.
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Julia, I like Grisela Graham pottery. Some unique and unusual pieces. Your friend is a lucky girl.
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Thank you Paul. Glad you like it.
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Lets do that Ange. Learn from each other.
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Thanks for sharing your experience SBG. Better dry-ish than wet-ish.???
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Bloomer, I would like to cut on buying plants but it is impossible for me. I cannot resist. It is an addiction.
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Thank you for your crossed fingers Janey
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Very kind of you Lincslass
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There are so many lovely Calatheas, Hywel.
They are worth to have for their amazing leaf variations.
I will try to keep an eye on this one.
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25 Jan, 2023

 

Klahanie, I wish I had a GG pot myself!!

25 Jan, 2023

 

dry-ish is better than wet-ish at least you can see drooping through lack of water where as rotting from too wet is always too late by the time it collapses.

26 Jan, 2023

 

I am a bit like Siris with house plants Klahanie!
Good luck with yours though, it's lovely.

27 Jan, 2023

 

Thanks SBG ....makes sense.
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Rose, I think houseplants can be more labour intensive than garden plants. Thank you for good luck wishes.

27 Jan, 2023

 

It's a lovely purchase, Klahanie. I realised Ange and yourself have the same one - great minds!
Like the fact it's so attractive on the leaf top as well as the underside!
Best wishes with your new plant and hope it thrives for you 🤞

27 Jan, 2023

 

Thank you kindly for your note Kate :=)

28 Jan, 2023

 

A lovely plant Klahanie. I love it’s spotted leaves. I wonder if it would like to be in a bathroom, if it needs humidity & not direct sunlight? Anyway, I do hope that it thrives for you.

29 Jan, 2023

 

Thank you Feverfew. The markings on the leaves are striking, almost unnatural, like someone painted them. I am planning to put it in the bathroom and observe it. We have a skylight there so plenty of light but no direct sun.

29 Jan, 2023

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