Lov­ing your home in­side and out

The Simple Things - - NEWS -

No one puts a calathea in the cor­ner. This most flam­boy­ant of house­plants with its dual-tone leaves – stripes on one side, deep pur­ple on the other – de­serves to be cen­tre stage. As long as it’s kept out of di­rect sun­light, that is: “Its nat­u­ral habi­tat is the jun­gle floor,” says Alice Howard, owner of Botanique Work­shop, ar­ti­san store and flower shop, “so di­rect light will scorch its leaves. Mist reg­u­larly and wa­ter con­sis­tently, so the soil doesn’t dry out.” Do all of that and a pot of trop­i­cal lush­ness will be yours.

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