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Charlie 224Charlie 224 Posts: 129
Hi does anyone know what this plant is? I have been thinking it was a maranta but now I’m not so sure? 
Thank you! 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,322
    Looks like one of the large maranta family ... look up Calathea which are related to maranta. 
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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,489
    A great library has something in it to offend everybody.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,322
    Snap! @wild edges 😆 
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  • Charlie 224Charlie 224 Posts: 129
    Thank you! Looks like these things can get truly stunning in the right conditions! 
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,489
    The right conditions can be very tricky to find with calathea. I keep mine on the other side of the room to the window and well away from a radiator but they seem to do better when surrounded and overshadowed by other plants. They're a natural understorey plant from humid forests so need less light than you think. We dry clothes in the same room every day which helps keep the humidity up and I mist it a lot but still get dry tips to the leaves. I think it's still too bright where it is but it's putting out loads of new leaves at the moment so it's fairly happy. A couple of brown spots are from where my wife lit a candle too close to it though :|


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  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,063
    I have one like @wild edges's one. It's hard to keep it looking nice all the time. It looks great for a while, then lots of leaves die off for no apparent reason (it doesn't even seem to be seasonal) and then just as I'm thinking of chucking it out, it grows a whole load of fresh leaves and the cycle starts again.
  • Charlie 224Charlie 224 Posts: 129
    Yes I seem to get the impression they need plenty of humidity 
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