Pinstripes are one of the most popular houseplants. They have been used for centuries in art and decoration. There are many different varieties of pinstriped plants, such as the common garden variety, the rocker or “pink” variety, and even some exotic ones like the Hawaiian Pin Striped Caladium (Calathea ornata). These plants all look very similar except for their coloration. Some of them curl up at the edges while others stay upright. All of these types have the same basic characteristics: they grow from underground stems with long taproots that eventually reach above ground.
Pinstriping is not just a decorative feature; it provides protection against pests and diseases. Pinstripes also make attractive indoor plants because they do not require much maintenance other than regular watering. If left alone, pinstripes will grow into large trees.
The roots of pinstripes are made up of a type of wood called phloem. Phloem is composed primarily of cellulose fibers and lignin, which makes it difficult for fungi to invade the root system. Fungi that do invade the root system may cause rot if not controlled.
Pistripe plant care should be handled with caution
Although pinstripe plants are very durable and easy to take care of, they do require some attention. They require more water than pebble plants (calathea) but less than begonia. The leaves will wither and die if it does not receive proper water supply.
Pinstripes like their soil moist and well drained at the same time. During the winter months, water it less than usual. Avoid letting the root ball to get soggy wet.
Pistripe plants are susceptible to root-knot nematodes, which can be easily controlled with soil drenching. Fungal diseases can also affect pinstripes if they are not properly cared for; the most common fungal diseases are caused by the fertilizers used and overwatering.
Propagating pinstripes is quite easy (and fascinating). Take a specimen that you wish to reproduce and remove the top 2 sets of leaves. Place the pinstripe in a clear container filled with a mixture of 50% sterile soil and 50% vermiculite.
The blend should be moist, but not overly wet or dry. Within a matter of weeks you will start to notice small roots starting to develop at which point you can transplant it into your own potting soil mixture.
Pistripe plants will grow rapidly and can reach high levels of maturity if taken care of properly. They can be placed in a location where they will receive direct sunlight for most of the day, but not directly in front of a window as this may cause the leaves to get burned. It should also be noted that pinstripes are poisonous if ingested, so keep them away from pets and small children.
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