The Plant: Calathea zebrina
Man oh man this was one exciting month!
I heard from a grower that a new batch of Calathea zebrina had come in and I immediately knew that this had to be the plant for June’s plant club!
I absolutely love Calathea, and I even did a video of a very exciting unboxing of my first Calathea haul from Plantify. I’ve added it for you to drool over.
What made it so special was that I didn’t even have a Calathea zebrina in my collection – so I would be getting something out of Plant Club too!
When I picked up the plants, they exceeded my expectations – lush, big and those patterns were just oh so very bold.
For some reference, the basics of looking after this bad boy are rather simple:
- They love humidity (like all Calatheas)
- They like to be wet
- Shaded light – think 3m from a window out of direct sunlight.
Some issues you might find with Calatheas:
- Their leaf edges brown easily
- Due to their humidity loving environment, you might have more of an issue with pests hanging around.
If you’d like some styling inspo, take a look at the following mood board I created here.
The Gift: Original Liffey Joy
Now that I had the plant in hand! I had to get moving on the gift for this month’s package!
Well. I’m extremely lucky to know one certain Liffey Joy from the Cape Town Plant Circle, and I knew that she had done paintings of plants before, so I approached her and asked her if she would be any chance be able to do 25 individual plant paintings – which was no small feat! Liffey jumped at the opportunity and did such an amazing job, there were paintings of trio-stars, staghorn ferns and many other good-looking plants!
I can’t wait to start organising next month’s package – I hope you’re excited as I am!