The Calathea is a descendant of the Marantaceae family. This family originally comes from the jungles of the Amazon region and South America. Here the Calathea lives in the shade of larger, taller trees.
The Origin of the Calathea
A characteristic of the Calathea is that it’s leaves really ‘live’. In the evening, the plant folds it’s leaves in order to unfold them again when the morning sun comes. The Calathea is also popularly known as the ‘prayer plant’. This name is due to the fact that the leaves are raised when folding, which resembles someone praying.
How do I take care of my Calathea?
Care of a plant is important. Whether the plant needs little or a lot of care, you as a plant owner must pay attention to it! That is why we have divided the care of this plant into the following parts, which makes it a bit easier for you:
- Water requirement
- Light and location
- Use of fertilizers
- Reproduction of the Monstera Adansonii
How to take care of the Calathea
As we said earlier, taking care of the Monstera Adansonii is easy. However, the water requirement is an exception to this. You can say that this plant is quite picky when it comes to the amount and frequency of water. It is important to water the plant regularly. The soil should be slightly moist. The plant must not drown, too much water is not good for the Monstera Adansonii.
Fortunately, the Calathea is not a difficult plant to look after. However, the plant should always be placed in a shadow spot. Direct sunlight is really a no-go for the Calathea. The leaves may burn and no new leaves will develop. Eventually the plant will not survive this way. The colours of the leaves can also become dull.
Make sure the Calathea gets enough water but do not overwater. Overwatering the Calathea can cause root rot. We therefore advise you to feel this for each plant individually.
Because the Calathea is used to high humidity, we advise you to spray water the plant once a week. In this way, it will still have the feeling that it is in the tropics. Extra plant nutrition once every two weeks will promote the growth of the Calathea. Use normal indoor plant food.
What is the best location for my Calathea?
The best location for the Calathea is in the semi-shade. Since the Calathea originally grows in the shade of large trees in the jungle it does not tolerate direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves and stop the development of the plant. Therefore, always place the plant in the semi-shade. The Calathea will be happiest there.
How much water should I give my Calathea?
How much water your Calathea needs differs per plant. As they remain living products, one plant may be thirstier than another. We therefore recommend always feeling into the soil with two fingers. In this way you can feel how dry or wet the soil is here. If the soil feels very wet 4 days after watering, you can give less water. If the soil here is very dry, you can give some extra water next time. Make sure the roots are not wet. This can cause root rot, which can lead to a dying plant.
Is the Calathea Toxic?
The Calathea is not toxic for humans or animals. So you don’t have to put the plant in a safe place. However, a bite of the plant will not be very tasty.
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Common ailments of the Calathea.
Yellow leaves can be a sign of too much water. In this case we advise you to give a little less water each time than you did before. Are the leaves yellow on the bottom of the Calathea? Then it could just as well be old age. The lowest leaves are the ones that grew first. So they will also die first. With the right care, new leaves will grow from the middle instead.
Curly, dry leaves
Curled and dry leaves can be a sign of too little water. In this case, feel the soil with your fingers to see if it is really dry. If this is the case, you can water your plants a little more at a time.
Mould on the potting soil
Is there mould on the potting soil? No worries, this is a good sign! Mould can already be in the potting soil. Potting soil consists of a large part of naturally decomposed material. A warm living room and watering the plant can bring the present mould to life. This may look dirty, but it is actually very good for the plant. Why? The plant gets extra nutrients from the mould to continue growing nicely; totally for free!
Buying a Calathea at Botanic Bubble
At Botanic Bubble we have several unique Calathea species. From large to small, from green leaves to leaves with a beautiful pattern. All Calathea’s we sell come fresh from the grower. We pack them with care in specially made boxes. This way the plant is well and safely packed, to be delivered at your home. Order your unique Calathea houseplant quickly and easily at Botanic Bubble.