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.
Watering: For best results allow the top 1” 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.
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 can evaporate.
Rotten or limp stems suggest overwatering or cold weather. During winter months the plant should be watered less frequently. Curling or spotted leaves indicates underwatering.
Humidity: Caletheas require being in a humid environment which you can create by placing 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 to keeping the foliage pristine.
This is a pet friendly plant.