June 04, 2023
Calatheas are known for their beautiful foliage and vibrant patterns, but they can be a bit challenging to care for. Here are some tips to help you care for your Calathea:
Calathea plants prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight as it can scorch their leaves. Place your Calathea in a location with filtered or diffused light, such as near a north or east-facing window.
Temperature and Humidity
Calathea plants thrive in warm and humid conditions. They prefer temperatures between 65°F to 80°F. Avoid placing them in areas with cold drafts or temperature fluctuations. To increase humidity, you can use a humidifier, place the plant on a pebble tray filled with water, or group it with other plants.
Keep the soil of your Calathea evenly moist but not soggy. Water it when the top few inches of the soil feels slightly dry. Calathea plants are sensitive to both overwatering and underwatering. Ensure that the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging. Use room temperature filtered water or allow tap water to sit out overnight to remove chlorine.
Soil and Potting
Use a well-draining potting mix that retains moisture but doesn't become waterlogged. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark or coco coir works well. Repot your Calathea annually or when it becomes root-bound, usually in spring. Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one.
Feed your Calathea with a balanced houseplant fertilizer every two to four weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength to avoid fertilizer burn. Reduce or stop fertilizing during the winter months when the plant's growth slows down.
Remove any yellow or brown leaves as they indicate over or underwatering or that the plant is receiving too much direct sunlight. You can also trim leggy or damaged stems to encourage bushier growth.
By following these care tips, you can help your Calathea plant thrive and enjoy its beautiful foliage. Remember that Calatheas can be a bit fussy, so it may take some time and adjustments to find the ideal conditions for your plant.