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PLANT CARE: THE CALATHEA

CALATHEA

MARANTACEA | CALATHEA | GEOPPERTIA

PETSFRIENDLY | PURIFYING | TERRARIUM

Indirect sun, shade.

Frequent watering: 1 to 2x / week.

A magnificent plant with many varieties:

MAKOYANA | ORBIFOLIA | LANCIFOLIA | ORNATA | ROSEOPICTA | WHITE STAR | WHITE FUSION | RUFIBARBA | LEOPARDINE | WARSCEWICZII | CROCATA | ZEBRIN | MEDALLION | PICTURATA

EEXPOSITION

Choose an environment with exposure to indirect sunlight or even subdued light and average temperatures, ideally between 13 and 25°C. The Calathea also prefers to have a high hygrometry rate, between 60% and 80%.

MAINTENANCE

WATERING

It is best to water the Calathea when the surface of the pot begins to dry out. You can also water it sparingly regularly and keep the soil cool.

These tropical plants do not like hard water, it is generally advisable to use distilled water or water at room temperature to spray or water down.

Tap water will not kill them but may cause the leaves to brown on their tips.

You can use liquid houseplant fertilizer, rich in trace elements in small doses from April to October.

CLEANING AND PRUNING

It is important to clean their leaves regularly, the dust that settles on them can become an obstacle to photosynthesis. You should also pick any leaves that dry out, turn yellow, or turn brown. Cut cleanly at the base of the stem using pruning shears. This essential maintenance gesture limits the appearance of insects and spiders.

POTTING, CUTTINGS, DIVISION

REPOTING

You can repot your Calathea if its roots are coming out well from the bottom of the pot, if they are starting to show through the top or if they are thick and tangled.

You can use potting soil for green plants, and possibly lighten it a little with perlite.

CUTTINGS | DIVISION

Calathea are rhizomatic plants, and therefore cannot be taken by cuttings.

However, you can divide a large Calathea by separating the stems and rhizomes, for this you should not hesitate to use a knife to separate the plants.

FREQUENT PROBLEMS

Leaves turn yellow, leaf tips are yellow.

If your Calathea simply won't separate from its older, smaller leaves, it's likely caused by overwatering. Space your waterings a day or two apart and be careful not to let the bottom of the pot soak in water.

The leaves curl up on themselves. The tips of the leaves are brown.

This can be caused by too dry air or insufficient or irregular watering. To remedy this you can for example place your Calathea in a bathroom, or group it with other plants.