Calathea leitzei ‘Fusion White’

Calathea 'White Fusion'

An incredibly rare cultivar, Calathea leitzei ‘Fusion White’ is characterised by its lance-shaped leaves with stunning, marbled variegation of deep green, light green and white hues that flow into each other, contrasting with the pale pink undersides of the leaves.

This particular cultivar has only been available since 2012 and is particularly hard to find.

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Origin: Horticultural Origin
Genus: Calathea
Species / Cultivar: leitzei 'Fusion White'
Common Name: Calathea 'White Fusion'

Plant Biography

The original species Calathea leitzei is native to Brazil, but the rare ‘Fusion White’ cultivar was developed in a nursery in Malaysia in 2007, and only introduced to cultivation in 2012. Because of this, it’s incredibly rarely offered and not easily available.

It is also known as Goeppertia leitzei var. ‘Fusion White’.

Calathea leitzei ‘Fusion White’
Light: Medium
This plant likes a spot further away from bright windows, but still lit by natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 15-25°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Final Size: Medium
Final size will be suitable for a table, plant stand, or large strong shelf.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: Moderate
This plant has specific requirements. Incorrect care can quickly lead to signs of distress.

Expert Tip

Avoid south facing spots with too much intense direct sunlight, unless you diffuse the light with a sheer curtain.
Why Prayer Plants 'Pray'

Why Prayer Plants 'Pray'

As a member of the Prayer Plant family, the leaves of this Calathea will characteristically ‘pray’, folding up at night before re-opening again as the morning light levels rise.

At the base of each leaf is a joint-like thickening called the pulvinus, which swells and shrinks in response to pressure developed in the leaves.

This movement of the leaves is a process known as nyctinasty, which serves a number of purposes. It allows the plant to absorb as much light as possible in its low light rainforest environment, helps to absorb and retain water, and reduces the risk of fungi and bacteria forming on their leaves.

Care Tips

Care Tips

Choosing a good spot for this Calathea is essential – too much light and its distinctive leave colour will fade and the leaves will curl, too little light and the variegation will not develop on new growth. Wipe the leaves regularly to prevent a build up of dust.

Avoid south facing spots with too much intense direct sunlight, unless you diffuse the light with a sheer curtain.

Like other Calatheas this plant enjoys high humidity, but overly wet soil can quickly lead to root rot.


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