About 200 species formerly assigned to Calathea are now in the genus Goeppertia. Calathea currently contains around 60 species.

For calathea to thrive, it needs to grow in a loamy soil mix that drains well yet remains damp. Consider a commercial potting mix containing coconut coir or charcoal; both allow water to run through yet absorb enough to stay moist so calathea roots won’t dry out.

Calathea enjoys moist soil—but not wet soil. Try a mix of 50 percent potting soil, 20 percent orchid bark, 20 percent charcoal, and 10 percent perlite. They also dislike being dried out. Every few days, stick a finger in the soil to see if the medium feels dry.

Calatheas need specific care in order to thrive. They need a consistently warm spot and bright but indirect light – keep them out of direct sunshine. Keep the soil moist from spring to autumn, and provide some humidity by misting the leaves daily or standing on a tray of moist pebbles.

Calathea like to have moist soil or planting substances, but not soggy. They do not want lots of water, as it can drown them. When you water a Calathea plant, do not water it so much that the plant ends up sitting in standing water. Temperature – Calathea plants do not like the cold very much.

If you’re looking for a Calathea to make a bold statement, then Calathea ornata could be the gem for you. Calathea ornata is sure to grab your attention with its large green leaves and pink stripes.

There are dozens of calathea types, with huge differences in the look of their foliage. Many of the plants that are known as calathea will also be labeled as genus Goeppertia (considered by some as a synonym name for calathea). So you might see this plant labeled by different names in different nurseries.

Calatheas and ferns both have high water requirements and love humid air. So bunching several of these plants together in a pot to help increase humidity can be a great idea. These two plants both enjoy indirect light, and they look great together too.

Calathea vs. Marantas

Maranda’s are true prayer plants because they perform nyctinasty, a response to nighttime where the leaves fold up. This is the major difference between the two plants, as Calathea does not have that reaction. The nyctinasty is just one main trait that is different. Leaf shape is another

Calatheas and ferns both have high water requirements and love humid air. So bunching several of these plants together in a pot to help increase humidity can be a great idea. These two plants both enjoy indirect light, and they look great together too.

Here’s how to save a dying calathea plant:

  1. Provide the right lighting conditions (no direct sun!)
  2. Water only when the soil is halfway dry.
  3. Place in a dry and humid place.
  1. Limit temperatures to 64 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Treat pests and plant disease.
  3. Let transplant shock symptoms wear off.

The most common cause of a Calathea dying is overwatering, leading to root rot. Keep the soil lightly moist, rather than soggy. Other common causes of a Calathea (Goeppertia) houseplant dying are low humidity, pests, temperature stress, and underwatering.

Wilting or drooping leaves is typically a result of the plant being thirsty. However, the leaves of this plant move up and down following the light, so be sure to feel the soil to ensure you’re not mistaking your Calathea’s natural movement for needing a drink before giving your plant water.

Using sharp, long-tipped plant scissors, trim any damaged or dead leaves off Calathea as needed. The plant grows rapidly enough to need pruning at least once or twice a year. Always use sterilised tools to protect the plant from disease.

Plants typically grow to about 20 inches tall when grown as houseplants. Rattlesnake plant grows at a moderate rate indoors but will slow or stop growing if the plant is in unfavorable conditions.

Calatheas thrive in humid places, so plan on misting your Calathea regularly (once a week is ideal) to ensure it receives the moisture it craves. Misting is also a great way of interacting with your Calathea and keeping yourself busy without overwatering it, a common mistake that can cause damage that is difficult to undo!

Seasons change, but your Calatheas should never have to feel a significant temperature shift. Keep these tropical plants comfortable by ensuring a steady temperature within the range of 30C-35C degrees year-round

Calatheas do not need to be fertilised during the winter months, but once Spring arrives, your Calathea will appreciate a monthly dose of plant food like our Dharmik Fertiliser or another gentle fertiliser. This feeding schedule can be continued through the Summer and Fall.

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