The striped leaves which give the Pinstripe Prayer Plant it's name are so perfect you could be forgiven for thinking they'd been painted on! Drawn over deep emerald green foliage with dark red undersides, they leave a lasting impression.
Better known as Calathea sanderiana, but actually reclassified as Goeppertia ornata.
It forms clumps of stems with large round leaves whose dark green faces are striped with light pink lines as if hand decorated! The undersides of the leaves are a beautiful deep ruby red.
The accepted botanical name is Goeppertia ornata, but is also often referred to as Calathea ornata and Calathea sanderiana. It's commonly known as Pinstripe Prayer Plant, Pinstripe Calathea.
Images pictured in this section are for illustration only. Please see the product photo above for an accurate representation of the size of plant you will receive.
The most important aspect to the health of any house plant is finding a spot which meets it’s basic needs for light, temperature and water.
Perfecting the environment and ensuring long-term care needs are met will take your plant from surviving to thriving.
Read through these care instructions for Goeppertia ornata (aka Calathea ornata, Calathea sanderiana), and remember if you need help, we’re an email away.
Repot when stems are crowding the nursery pot, or when roots begin to grow out of the holes in the bottom. When repotting, it's advised to separate the plant into 2-4 clumps and space these out in the new pot.
Bright filtered or indirect light is ideal, though shade is tolerated. Too much exposure to direct sun may scorch leaves and dull the intensity of the patterned leaves.
Keep the compost constantly moist througout the growing season, but never let roots sit in water. Let the roots breathe a little bit inbetween waterings. Ideally, water with purified water as Marantaceae plants are not accustomed to soils heavy in minerals. If watering with tap water, flush the compost a few times a year to wash out any accumulated minerals.
All Prayer Plants love humidity, so provide extra, particularly in dry winter heating, with a humidifier, or by grouping plants together.
Tropical plants in general don't like to drop below about 12ºC. We've seen Rattlesnake Plants go as low as 8ºC for extended periods without significant damage, but we would recommend to keep them at 15ºC or above all year round.
The Pinstripe Prayer Plant is easy enough to keep happy if you follow the care instructions, though in the dry air of heated houses they can be susceptable to some crispy leaf margins unless measures are taken to keep humidity high.
Prayer Plants are all members of the Marantaceae family, which are non-toxic to pets.