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Calathea Care: The Complete Guide

Calathea Care: The Complete Guide

Calatheas, with their exquisite foliage patterns and vibrant hues, add a touch of artistry to any indoor space. The captivating beauty of Calatheas makes them a perfect choice for those seeking unique and visually stunning houseplants!

THE SCIENCE

Family: Marantaceae

Genus: Calathea

Commonly: prayer plant

THE BASICS

WATER

Calatheas thrive when kept consistently moist but not soggy - it’s essential to avoid waterlogging. Water when you notice that the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

From our team: Use room temperature water to avoid shock to the roots + distilled water to prevent mineral build-up on the foliage.

LIGHT

Bright, indirect lighting is ideal for your Calathea. Filtered sun is ideal to keep the foliage at its brightest without risking burns.

Rotate your Calathea periodically to ensure even exposure to light and promote balanced, well-rounded growth.

HUMIDITY & TEMP

Originating from humid regions, Calatheas love any and all humidity. Maintain a super humid environment to keep these happy – aim for over 60%.

Pro-tip: If you notice curling, browning edges, your plant is asking for a boost in humidity. Consider a pebble tray or humidifier to boost moisture in the air!

THE NITTY GRITTY

SOIL

A moisture-retentive soil is best for Calatheas, allowing the roots to access crucial moisture.

Try our tried-and-true mix: Coco Bag!

FERTILIZATION

A balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season will keep your Calathea well-fed during the growing season.

Incorporate our Arber Plant Food during your routine waterings to promote lush, bright foliage.

PESTS

Calatheas can be susceptible to spider mites and mealy bugs so be sure to inspect your collection frequently.

A preventative routine is best to keep infestations away – include Arber Insecticide during your weekly maintenance routine.

OTHER DEETS

PRUNING

Pruning your Calathea will help control its shape and size while promoting new growth! Remove older, yellowing leaves to encourage more energy.