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Take Care tips for Calathea Plant

Posted on March 1st, 2021 07:00 AM

Take Care of Calathea Plant

Calathea plants are popular as indoor plants because they are relatively easy to care for. We can plant these in a variety of planters and locations. Even you can place them at any location in your home.

It is also famous as ‘prayer-plants.’ Calathea leaves are most popular in the tropics (Brazil) for handicraft and food wrapping. Due to its leaf shapes, it uses for baskets weaving, also a wrapper for food packaging. 


General Care Guide-

Sunlight- Thrives in medium to bright indirect light. It can tolerate low indirect light.

Water- Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out halfway down between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less in lower light.

Humidity- Does better in higher humidity if possible.

Soil- Be sure to plant your Calathea in a pot with drainage holes at its lower part, although it likes moist soil.


Is Calatheas hard to care for?

A Calathea, with its exotic foliage, is hard to care for and has defined water, light, and fertilizer requirements.


Can Calathea grow in low light?

Calathea grows in medium to low light. Like many tropical indoor plants, Calathea prefers a spot with low to medium light and abundant humidity.


Where do you cut Calathea leaves?

Removing yellowed or browned outer leaves regularly improves the appearance of your Calathea plant. Cut leaves at the base where the plant joins the important stalk with a pair of sharp scissors.


Why are the tips of my Calathea leaves turning brown?

The most common reason your Calathea leaves are turning brown on the edges could be due to your tap water. The tap water contains salts, chlorine, minerals, and fluoride. These components are the main reason your plant causing the tips of the leaves to burn, turn brown, and curl up.


Do Calathea plants clean the air?

Calathea is a houseplant that purifies the air, so it is an eye-catcher in every interior that contributes to a better and healthier indoor climate.


Where should I place my Calathea?

Place your prayer plant in a part of a room that receives low to bright indirect light.




Is Calathea an indoor plant?

Calathea plants are popular as indoor plants because they are relatively easy to care for. You can plant it in a variety of planters and locations.


How do you make Calathea grow faster?

For the fastest growth, make sure the Calathea grows in bright indirect light and hydrate it just enough to keep the soil slightly moist. 


How often do I water Calathea?

Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out halfway down between watering. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less in lower light.


Some facts and benefits about Calathea-

  1. The leaves of the Calathea are used as a roof covering, to weave baskets, and as medicine.
  2. The Calathea is a symbol of new beginnings. It originates from the English saying ‘turn over a new leaf’.
  3. The Calathea is particularly air purifying, making it a very healthy house guest.
  4. Calathea can’t cope with droughts or smoke.
  5. The perfect temperature range for Calathea is between 65 – 85 F.


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