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The ideal spot for a Prayer Plant will receive medium to bright indirect light. Calathea can handle low light, but increased light can help maintain the vivid colors and patterns on the foliage. Direct light can be damaging and may cause colors to fade.
Calathea plants have high water requirements. Thoroughly water these indoor plants when the top inch of the soil is dry. Calathea houseplants do best in well draining soil and in containers with drainage. While Calathea are certainly thirsty houseplants, they still like to dry out a bit between watering.
The type of water used can make a difference when it comes to watering Calathea. Tap water may contain different minerals or compounds that can be damaging to the leaves. Brown edges along the leaves can be an indication that the water is high in salt or contains chlorine, chloramine, bromide, or fluoride. It may be best to water the plant using filtered or distilled water, or water collected from a dehumidifier if you suspect tap water is not suitable for your Calathea.
As tropical plants, Calathea like warmer temperatures. Average room temperature above 18°C degrees is fine, but these indoor plants won't mind if it gets warmer and the temperature creeps closer to 30°C degrees.
Avoid placing Calathea plants near exterior doors, drafty windows, and vents, particularly during the colder months. Make sure to avoid placement near air conditioning vents during the warmer months.
High humidity is a must-have for Calathea. The leaves may begin to curl or the edges will turn brown and dry out if they do not receive enough humidity. Calathea indoor plants do well in a kitchen, bathroom or any area with extra moisture in the air. Using a humidifier or a pebble tray with water can help give Calathea the extra dampness they crave.
Fertilizing your Calathea can help promote new growth and even blooms depending on the variety. A complete liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength is a good option. When repotting, you can also amend the soil with seaweed or fish emulsion or worm castings. Calathea will benefit from being fertilized during the growing season. These indoor plants do not need to be fertilized during the colder months when the plant is dormant.
Calathea are moisture loving plants, but overwatering is still a concern and can introduce a whole host of problems. Making sure the plants receive lots of bright indirect light can help regulate the dampness while helping the plant thrive.
Don't be too worried if you notice the leaves beginning to curl or the stems of your Calathea drooping. These are signs of dehydration. It's important to pay attention to these indicators, but these hardy houseplants can bounce back within a day or so after receiving water.
Calathea can only be propagated through division. These plants naturally propagate themselves by expanding their root system and sending new shoots up through the soil. When a mature plant is repotted, gently separate the roots to divide the main plant into several smaller plants. Each new plant can be potted in it's own container. Given time and proper care, those new plants will fill in.
Plant care written by Planterina.com