Officially called Goeppertia kegeljanii, Calathea musaica strikes with the stunningly intricate foliage, and it's easier to grow, comparing to other family sisters. Even so, she's less widely spread across the world.
Native to Brazil, and documented for the first time in 1875 as Maranta Bella, and had not less than 5 scientific names along the time, not counting the popular ones.
She has a fantastic criss-cross mosaic pattern that becomes a source for its "network" name; slightly glossy and waxier leaves are gently arching in mid-green tones.
Calathea plants are often called living plants because they open and close their leaves at night and in the morning. You may even hear your calathea's leaves swishing as they move.
Musaica is a little more resilient and forgiving to imperfect watering than some other Calatheas, so this is an excellent plant to opt for if you are a calathea's beginner.
All Calatheas are humidity lovers, making them perfect for those of you who tend to overwater their plants. They can be sensitive to water that is high in chloramines, fluoride, or certain dissolved minerals. If you are having difficulties, switch to rainwater or distilled water, and observe what happens to the new leaves as they develop.
They like slightly moist soil. The best one is a peat or coco coir-based one, mixed with 1/3 perlite or gravel to retain water and stay damp for longer but reduce the overwatering risk.
She doesn't like to sit in completely dry soil - make sure to water it before it dries out. Make sure you'll fertilize monthly during the growing season.
Calatheas are tropical plants. They thrive in temperatures between 18 and 30 degrees; in lower temperatures, they'll stop growing. Keeping in mind they love bright indirect sunlight, their ideal living place would be near a south or west-facing window under a thin curtain. Keep an eye on your plant's leaves for the first sign of brown patches or edges; think about whether the lighting is proper.
To keep your calatheas happy, you need to mimic their tropical environment. They require medium to high humidity and often might need to live closer to a humidifier. Don't mist your plants, as this is relatively ineffective and can increase the risk of fungal and bacterial foliage diseases.
It's a non-toxic plant that doesn't often flowers indoors, but hey! - do you really miss flowers when you have that kind of leaves in your home?
One interesting thing to try when light shines through the Calathea musical's leaves is to hold your plant up to the light and look from the leaves' underside to view the mosaic leaf patterning in its full glory.
The plant is approx 25 - 30 cm tall and will be shipped in a 12 cm pot.