Carasia [kăl′ə-thē′ə] “Beauty Star” is a lovely perennial herbaceous flower, named for its charming leaves.
You may hear Beauty Star referred to as:
- Prayer plant
- Peacock Factory
- Zebra plant
Beauty Star and Calathea Medallion are calamus, A houseplant popular for its striped leaves. Calathea is part of the Marantaceae family, which is a genus of arrowroot, composed of 530 species of flowers, divided into 31 genera.
Calathea plant Native to the dense tropical forests of Brazil, South America. In the United States and other non-tropical countries, many nurseries and greenhouses sell Beauty Star varieties as indoor indoor plants.
The genus Calathea comes from the Latin “calathus”, which means basket. Many locals in the Amazon use Calathea leaves for weaving baskets, thatched roofs, and sometimes for medicinal purposes.
Calathea Beauty Star Care
Now that you have understood all the statistics and descriptions of Beauty Star, let us take some time to introduce the basic skills you need to know in order to provide proper care.
Growth and scale
Calatheas Beauty Star is between 6 inches and 36 inches (3 inches) long and between 6 inches and 24 inches (2 inches) and 26 inches wide. Plants widen by branching under the soil.
The green leaves of these plants are folded up, similar to the process of prayer, which inspired the nickname of the species, prayer plant. During the day, the leaves bend downward, allowing the leaves to absorb light. They move slightly in the direction of the sun.
The beautiful star is named for its charming appearance. These plants grow upright, long, narrow leaves that are a dazzling dark green. Along the center of the leaf, there are light green highlights.
But the amazing effect of the beautiful star comes from the vivid stripes on the top of the leaf, which can be white, pink or silver. The underside of the Calathea leaves will be dark purple.
These plants will bloom when grown in the wild, but they rarely bloom when potted indoors. Although beautiful, Beauty Star has no fragrance.
Temperature and light
Although the Star of Beauty is a tropical plant, it cannot tolerate direct sunlight. These indoor plants need moderate or bright indirect light. Continuous exposure to the sun will cause the leaves to fade and lose their streaks.
These plants work best in indoor windows facing north, at a distance of zero to one foot. For windows facing east to west, the plants should be one to five feet apart. For southern windows, place the pot one to ten feet away from the glass.
The light from the south-facing window is the strongest, so you want the plants to stay behind. It is best to plant trees outside the window to block some light.
You also need to control the temperature of the room, keeping it between 60°F and 85°F (between 16°C and 30°C) and high humidity levels. A sign that the room is not damp enough is that the tips of Calathea leaves turn brown.
Adding an indoor humidifier is a good way to increase the humidity of indoor plants, and spray it regularly with a spray bottle.
Feeding and watering
Beauty stars have complex watering needs-you can’t let the soil dry out between watering, but they can’t tolerate roots that are soaked for a long time. They like moist soil.
Experiments and soil tests are the best way to determine plant watering needs and routines. Each plant may be different. You can use a hygrometer or insert your finger two inches into the soil. If it feels damp, please don’t water it. If you don’t notice any moisture, add some water.
Calatheas should be grown in pots with drainage holes so that the water can be drained from the plants after each watering. You can also use bottom watering technique.
Avoid using tap water that contains irritating minerals. Distilled water works best, but you can also use filtered water or rainwater.
You can use 10-10-10 NPK (nitrogen/phosphorus/potassium) multi-purpose fertilizer every month in spring and summer (April to October). But be sure not to over-fertilize, because it will cause irreparable damage.
Soil and transplant
Beauty stars perform best in commercial potting soils, such as African violets or use one part perlite and two parts peat. You can also use compost instead of a serving of peat. You can use coconut shell fiber, coarse sand or orchid bark instead of perlite.
Calathea plants perform best in soils with a pH between 6.1 and 7.8. Start with a neutral pH around 6.6 to 7.3, and then change the pH as needed according to the growth of the plant. The optimal range is about 6.5 pH.
Maintenance and beauty
Beautiful star plants are beautiful indoor plants, but they need regular grooming and maintenance to thrive. It is best to wipe the leaves gently with a clean damp cloth to prevent dust from accumulating on the leaves.
Remove yellow or brown leaves to keep the plant healthy and attractive. Spray the leaves around the entire plant regularly to ensure that all leaves retain moisture and humidity.
Learn more about The most popular varieties of Calathea
How to spread Calathea Beauty Star
You can use root splits to propagate Calathea plants. To separate the roots, separate them gently. When you examine the roots, you will see the best areas for separation. Put each new part in a separate pot.
Check out this article to learn more How to spread Calathea.
Calathea Beauty Star pest or disease
Beauty Star Calathea is a common target of household pests such as aphids, mealybugs, slugs, psyllids, red spiders and scale insects. Diatomaceous earth is a good natural and general control.
The species is strong enough to resist most plant diseases. Weak, young or malnourished plants may become victims of diseases, such as Pseudomonas fusarium wilt, Alternaria leaf spot, Pseudomonas leaf spot, root rot, cucumber mosaic virus, Fusarium and Long spore fungus disease.