Common Types: ornata, rattlesnake, medallion, zebrina

 

Light: Calatheas thrive in medium indirect sunlight. Placing it in front of an east or north window is ideal. Bright direct sunlight can burn the leaves and cause the beautiful leaf colors to fade.

Temperature: Keep indoor temperature above 65. Avoid abrupt temperature changes and cold drafts.

Watering: For best results allow the top 1-2” of soil to slightly dry out between watering. This plant is not very drought tolerate and extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. Overwatering will cause the plant to wilt and it will recover slowly.

Humidity: Caletheas enjoy being in a humid environment which you can create by placing it on pebble tray partially filled with water or using humidifier. This plant thrives in steamy bathrooms and kitchens. Calatheas can be finicky and ensuring proper humidity and balanced temperatures is key for it to thrive.

Toxicity: Pet friendly

Trouble Shooting

Brown edges on the leaves: indicates the air is too dry. If you notice a tip or edges are burned, often with a yellowish hue, it could be due to your tap water. To solve this, use filtered or distilled water or allow your tap water to stand overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate.

Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing. Do not use any shine products on the leaves. Instead clean leaves occasionally with a damp cloth.

Curling or spotted leaves: indicates underwatering.

Rotten or limp stems: overwatering or cold weather. During winter months the plant should be watered less frequently. 

Fading leaf color: suggests the plant is receiving too much direct sunlight.