Calathea includes some of the most stunning foliage plants around. The Calathea species generally show off boldly marked, upright, oblong leaves and therefore can often be referred to as the peacock plant. Everybody loves a Calathea but they sure gotta know how to care for them.
Closely related to the popular Maranta and being true tropical plants, they are fussy about their growing conditions, but a well-grown Calathea is so worth the effort we promise.
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- Indirect light – Loves bright, but not direct, sunlight to grow. Remember they grow on the floor of jungles and forests where there is limited light. In fact, direct sunlight will burn the leaves of a Calathea plant and cause it to lose its vibrant colours, which was why you bought it in the first place right?
- Water – Use distilled water if you can or water that has been purified as this can make the tips of their leaves turn brown. Calathea like to have moist soil but not soggy. They do not want lots of water, so stop now if you're already doing this - otherwise grab yourself a sustee watering device for these guys takes out all the guesswork.
- Temp – They are from tropical areas of the world and do not enjoy the cold. They will curl up their leaves in protest.
- Humidity – Prefer humid areas. They can absorb moisture through the air via the wide, green, leaves that are common for the plant.
- Fertiliser – Calathea do not need a lot of fertilizing. Only fertilise in the growing months, but please watch how much you give.