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Video: 5 Indoor Plants With The Strictest Leaf Patterns. List Of Names With Photos - Page 6 Of 7
A special nobility and "reverse" pattern is characteristic of the leaves of an amazing plant, very beloved by designers - ktenants. The thing is that in this decorative leafy beauty, not light veins line the surface of the leaves, but on the contrary - light leaves are decorated with strict patterns of dark veins.
Ctenants (Ctenanthe) are rather large indoor plants, the height of which ranges from 60 cm to 1 m. Leaves from 10 cm to almost 40 cm in different species flaunt with a purple back and a variegated pattern on the upper side.
On the surface of the leaves, the ktenants show through wide or narrow symmetrical dark veins. In fact, these are gray-silver spots and stripes stand out against the background of the base color, but because of the much larger area under the spots, it visually seems as if the whitish-gray plate is lined with dark veins.
Soft, muted shades of gray-green, almost white and dark green make the ktenant very modern. At night, the leaves of the ctenants, like those of arrowroot, noisily rise to the top. Leaves on very long thin petioles are arranged in peculiar bunches, forming bizarre bushes.
Ktenants have both individual varieties and species, differing in leaf size, catchiness of patterns, color shades from light green, green, dark green to gray and whitish. The most rigorous patterns differ ctenanthe Oppenheim (Ctenanthe oppenheimiana) and ctenanthe pubescent (Ctenanthe Setosa).
- Lighting for ktenants: bright diffused or partial shade.
- Summer temperature: from 20 degrees and above.
- Winter temperature: 18 degrees and above.
- Moist air requirement: medium, likes frequent spraying.
- Soil for ktenants: rough, fibrous, permeable, with a slightly acidic reaction; high drainage required.
- Transplant ktenants: annually in the spring.
- Capacities: wide and stable.
- Reproduction methods: division during transplantation.
- Problems: loss of decorativeness in dry air.
One of the best plants for a modern interior requires not so complicated, but regular maintenance. When creating comfortable conditions, the ktenante will only need stable soil moisture. Watering is carried out after the top layer of the substrate has dried. Frequent spraying and soft water selection guarantee success.
This plant is hypersensitive to an excess of fertilizers, therefore, only special fertilizers for ornamental deciduous plants are used and they are applied with a frequency of 1 time in 2 weeks from March to September in reduced doses.
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