Calathea - a wonderful plant with leaves outlandish beauty, figure that can be compared to professional artistic painting.
This miracle of nature can not but admire. Unfortunately, quite often florist-lovers are faced with a problem - dry leaves of Qalat.
To help the plant, it is necessary to know the causes of this disaster.
Calathea - a tropical plant, therefore,He loves moisture. Too dry air indoors can cause drying of the leaves of Qalat. This happens most often in the winter when the central heating is included. The way out is simple, and it is to install a humidifier, which is able to normalize the level of humidity in the room where growing Calathea. If due to some reasons it is impossible to install a humidifier, you can hang on the battery wet towels or napkins, or place the containers with water in the room. Evaporating, it is well moisturizes the air.
Another way to create an optimal Qalatclimate - put the pot in which it grows, on a pallet with expanded clay or sphagnum moss and pour water into it. Do not forget to regularly spray the Kalat from a spray of warm filtered water.
If Qalat leaves dried up much you cantry to save the plant, carefully covering it with a plastic bag and sprinkled leaves directly beneath it. The package does not shoot 4-5 days by removing half an hour in the afternoon, and then pulling back.
Cold or, on the contrary, a sunny windowsill,TV or a shelf above the TV, computer and other machinery - not the best place to Qalat. She does not tolerate any bright sunlight nor cold, nor dry warm air stream rising from the included appliances. Direct sunlight, drafts, temperature below 16oS harmful to Qalat. Under these conditions, the tips of its leaves will inevitably begin to dry, and if you do not define it in the right place, it will die.
Take care about the correct location for theQalat. Provide her distance from the window, where it will not get direct sunlight. Protect from drafts. The air should be sufficiently moist and warm. In short, find a happy medium, and Calathea will delight you with its healthy and beautiful views, as if painted, leaves.
Calathea requires a light soil. This is a guarantee of its good condition and successful growth. Correctly formed primer for this plant consists of a mixture of pine and conventional land humus in the ratio 2: 1, small amounts of a large river sand or perlite, which give a mixture of light and provide good breathability. To the soil was sufficiently nutritious, you can add to it a handful of humus horse.
If the whole plant dries, remove the earthen roomfrom the pot and check the roots. Cut the rotten parts and transplant Kalat in another pot with the "right" soil. Deal with flower and "Appin" soil surface.
Qalat often oblyubovyvayut spider mites. Do not wait, when the traces of life of this pest will be visible (small spider, twisted, dry leaves, white or brown patina on them), conduct prevention. Once or twice a week, wipe the back surface of each leaf with a damp sponge or cotton pad soaked in lukewarm water. This procedure allows you to delete nemudrenyh spider mites off the leaves, without resorting to poisons.