upkeep, watering, varieties & rising ideas


Nature offers us a multitude of plants among which the Calathea which, like all other plants, needs water and maintenance to live better


Calathea is a non-toxic tropical plant native to Central America to South America and has 12 varieties and more than 300 species very few of which are grown in gardens. It grows naturally in the forests of the tropical zones indicated above. He enjoys a relatively warm temperature of about 20 to 35°C and a sufficient and regular quantity of water to guarantee its growth and development.

Maintaining the calathea should not be very complicated if you know the basic principle of plant care. Like other plants, calathea maintenance is very simple with regular watering twice a day, preferably with rainwater or tap water or distilled water, but not with water containing limescale which could harm the plant. your Calathea.

Your Calathea plant needs rich potting soil and diluted fertilizer.

The Calathea needs to be grown in an environment hot and humid with a temperature between 20 to 35°C and a sufficient quantity of water without excess.

The watering of the Calathea is part of its maintenance and requires certain rules of conduct to be respected. To be sure to water your Calathea plant well, you must do everything to guarantee normal watering twice a day if it is in summer or twice a week if it is in winter. The water with which you are going to water it should preferably be rainwater or, failing that, tap water or distilled water. IT is important to note that the irrigation water must not contain limestone

Why are the leaves of my calathea turning yellow?

The yellowing of Calathea leaves can have different causes such as:

The poverty of the soil

lack of light

excess water can also be a factor in Calathea yellowing.

The lack of water can suffocate the roots and cause the leaves to turn yellow and eventually fall.

If your Calathea is turning yellow, examine the possible causes that we have listed above in order to arrive at an appropriate solution.

Why are the leaves of my calathea turning brown?

When you notice the browning of the leaves of your Calathea, do not look far from you. Dry air would probably be the main cause. It’s not just dry air, lack of water can also be one of the causes to consider.

What exposure for a calathea?

Should the Calathea be displayed in a dark or lighted place?

Some will say yes, others will say no!

What to do concretely?

Implanted in a rich soil and humidified by pure water without limestone (preferably rainwater), the Calathea must be exposed in an airy place without direct sun and in a warm but humid atmosphere and crossed by the soft solar railions. It is this kind of atmosphere that suits this species of plants from the tropical zones of Latin and South America. The room in which the Calathea must be exposed must face the sun or must be a room raised to a temperature between 20 and 35°C. This temperature is suitable for all plants native to the tropics.

How much calathea water?

The amount of water to bring to the Calathea during watering depends on the size of the pot which contains it. What must be remembered is to do everything to keep the soil on which the Calathea is planted always moist and without excess water. To keep this soil always moist, it is necessary to bring water at a regular rate (twice a day in summer and twice a week in winter) but without excess.

Want to see your Calathea bloom? It’s simple: Follow these little rules.

Please know that if the conditions in which the Calathea lives are favorable for it, it will bloom without any problems.

For your Calathea to flower, you must put it above all in natural conditions similar to those of the tropical zones from which it originates.

The natural conditions that favor its flowering are:

A humid and warm environment with a temperature between 20 to 35°C

Regular but not excessive watering with pure water without limestone (preferably rainwater)

Exposure to ambient air

Not too confined in a place below 16°C but in a place of around 20°C and crossed by the gentle raillons soleils

Do not hesitate to take it out of your room and expose it to the gentle morning sun for about 15 minutes.

The 15-minute mild sun would do it a lot of good because in the forests of South America, mainly in Brazil, the calathea receives a few mild sunstrokes for a few minutes and this every day except in winters when the sun is lacking.

Under these natural conditions, the Calathea will flower without any difficulty.

Where to cut calathea leaves?

First of all, before you start cutting the leaves, wait until they have a size between 20 to 30 cm

The leaves you need to cut should be spoiled, dying, ugly or dry leaves.

To cut them, do you have the leaf pruner.

Using this pruner, separate the leaves of the plant at the level of the cotyledon. Then cut a few twisted branches that would prevent proper aeration of the young leaves.

Is calathea poisonous?

Many people wonder if Calathea is a poisonous plant or not?

The answer is simple: This plant Calathea is not poisonous neither for your cats nor for your dogs nor for your children.

Why are the leaves of my calathea curling?

Calathea leaves curlthis is a sign of the bad condition in which the calathea lives

In principle, this situation should not happen if the calathea finds the same conditions as those of the tropical zone where it is native.

When you see the leaves of your calathea curling up, know that it lacks the conditions in which it should live.

In this case, re-examine the conditions in which you exposed it as well as the way in which you maintain it.

Thus, you will not take long to find yourself the reason or reasons which cause its leaves to roll up and thus remedy its conditions in order to allow it to flourish normally.

To help you, we can cite, for example, the lack of humidity in the soil on which it is planted, the unsuitable surrounding temperature (more or less than 20 to 35°C), irrigation water containing limestone or excessive watering.

What are the different varieties of calathea?

The Calathea has about 12 varieties and more than 300 species.

We have in principle 10 varieties. But the variety Calathea Roseopicta

gives birth to 2 other varieties added to the 10 existing varieties.

In total, we can say that there are 12 varieties of Calathea, of which here is the list:

Calathea Orbifolia

Calathea Warscewiczii

Calathea Makoyana

Calathea Crocata

Calathea Ornata

Calathea Zebrina

Calathea Lancifolia

Calathea Rufibarba

Calathea Roseopicta

Calathea Roseopicta ‘Dottie

Calathea Roseopicta ‘Rosey’

Calathea Ornata ‘Sanderiana’

Cultivation tips

When you decide to have the Calathea in your home, you are going to make all of your arrangements before you get started.

Have a pot filled with rich, humidified,

Make sure you can find diluted fertilizer to keep it growing.

Make sure you can water it frequently with rainwater or with distilled water or tap water.

Provide a warm and humid environment corresponding to the tropical climate

Make sure you find him a room with a temperature of 20 to 35°C

Try to do so that he don’t always be in the shadowsbut in a place facing the sun without directly receiving the solar rails.

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