Plant Care:

Calathea

Description:

The many different varieties of Calathea are known for their expressive patterned leaves. Calathea plants have a reputation for being finicky but in proper conditions, these plants will reward you with fast growth, endless leaves and can be a low maintenance addition to your plant jungle.

Botanical Classification: Marantaceae (family)

Pets And Kids:

Most Calathea varieties non-toxic and are pet and kid-friendly!

Plant Parent Care Tips:

  • Calatheas love moisture and humidity, so you can mist them often. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing.
  • The leaves of most Calathea varieties fold up slightly during the nighttime, revealing often colorful undersides. This isn’t always an issue, but check the Plant Van website for more information.

General Care:

Calatheas like an environment with higher humidity (like a kitchen or bathroom) and their soil to stay consistently moist. This is not a drought-tolerant plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges.

Water:

High water needs. Water regularly and keep soil moist, not wet or soggy. For best results, maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Calathea moist, but not wet or soggy.

Sunlight:

Low to medium indirect light. As a rule, the darker the foliage—such as with the calathea ornata—the lower the light requirements. Too much sun will bleach the leaves.

Placement:

Calathea prefers a spot with ample humidity. A kitchen or bathroom are perfect spots, or try placing a humidifier nearby.

Food:

Low needs. Use general houseplant fertilizer during spring and summer (will encourage flowering). No fertilizer is necessary in the winter when growth slows.

Common Issues:

Leaves folding up – The leaves of most Calathea varieties fold up slightly during the nighttime, revealing the often colorful undersides of their striking leaves.