Calathea Care Guide
Calatheas, often referred to as "Prayer Plants" due to the way their leaves move upwards at night, are renowned for their beautifully patterned leaves. Originating from the tropical rainforests of the Americas, these plants have become popular houseplants worldwide. Their intricate designs, ranging from feathery patterns to bold stripes, can add a touch of elegance to any indoor space.
Apart from their visual appeal, Calatheas are known to be somewhat finicky and require a certain level of care to thrive. They're sensitive to their environment, making them a symbol of dedication for many plant enthusiasts. Their preference for high humidity, distilled water, and indirect light showcases the importance of mimicking their natural habitat. When given the right conditions, Calatheas reward their caregivers with a stunning display of foliage and, for some species, occasional flowers.
For those looking to introduce a touch of the tropics to their home or office, Calatheas are an excellent choice.
Indirect, bright light. Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves.
Water Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Use distilled water or rainwater if possible, as Calatheas are sensitive to the chemicals in tap water.
Preferably high. Aim for 50-70%. Consider placing near a humidifier or on a tray of wet pebbles.
18-27°C. Keep away from drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations.
Well-draining potting mix. Consider a mix of potting soil, perlite, and orchid bark.
Use a balanced liquid fertilizer every month during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce in fall and winter.
Non-toxic to cats and dogs.
Brown leaf tips can indicate low humidity or water quality issues. Yellow leaves may indicate overwatering.
Wipe down the leaves occasionally to remove dust and keep them looking vibrant. This also allows the plant to breathe better.