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Takehiko
South Saint Paul, MN

November 12, 2008
4:39 PM

Post #5782492

I bought this houseplant from Gertens in Inver Grove Heights, MN. But for some stupid reason I didn't keep the little tag that comes with it when I moved it to it's new pot. Trying to figure out what it is so I can look up some more information on how much water it needs. I know nothing about plants so this is probably a very simple one to answer.

Thanks!

--Brian

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plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 12, 2008
4:55 PM

Post #5782598

It looks to be a Calathea of some sort. There are a few listed in Plant Files. Maybe you can scroll through some of these and see if you find a match. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/adv_search.php?searcher%5Bcommon%5D=&searcher%5Bfamily%5D=&searcher%5Bgenus%5D=calathea&searcher%5Bspecies%5D=&searcher%5Bcultivar%5D=&searcher%5Bhybridizer%5D=&searcher%5Bgrex%5D=&search_prefs%5Bblank_cultivar%5D=&search_prefs%5Bsort_by%5D=rating&images_prefs=both&Search=Search

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Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


November 12, 2008
5:19 PM

Post #5782698

Yes, a Calathea. I can't find one with a matching leaf pattern though.

There are many cultivars and hybrids. The flower will be interesting to see; they often very colorful!
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 12, 2008
5:41 PM

Post #5782789

Calathea is one plant I've always had trouble with. They seem to do well for awhile and then begin to go down hill quickly. They sure are beautiful though: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=images+of+calathea&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&resnum=1&ct=title
Takehiko
South Saint Paul, MN

November 12, 2008
6:52 PM

Post #5783032

I took your hint of "calathea" and looked that up. I found a match! "Calathea fasciata" http://www.agristarts3.com/PlantDetails.asp?ID=120 Couldn't find much else in the way of info on it though, so it must not be very common. Thank you very much for the help!
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 12, 2008
6:58 PM

Post #5783054

Yep, that's all I found also, and this photo someone posted: http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/1112095446011409188QHzSCB

But, I think all Calathea's should require the same type of care. So, check out the info for others and you should be okay.

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