I am often asked what the “big plant” that lives with us is called. The answer is: Calathea or wicker . And because you think the Calathea is so great, I thought that a contribution about it would not be wrong.
This beauty moved in with us shortly before Christmas. My husband wanted to give me a "little" joy. I could hardly believe my eyes when he arrived with her. I have never had such a large plant.
Of course I also researched them online. After all, such a great plant also needs to be properly cared for. There are so many Calathea species, ours is called Calathea Orbifolia . It can grow up to 80 cm high, although I now have the feeling that ours is already larger than 80 cm. And their leaves can reach 40 cm in diameter.
Calathea originally come from tropical forests, so they particularly like the warm, humid climate. In winter, when the heating air is dry, it is of course not so easy. But you can make their life a little easier with a humidifier. Or put keys with water near you if you don't have a humidifier. Again and again their leaves should be sprayed with rainwater or lime-poor water. We do it almost every day. In addition, the leaves must be dusted regularly with a damp cloth.
Care tips for the Calathhea
- She feels most comfortable at room temperature between 18 - 23 degrees.
- The Calathea prefers to be in partial shade. Direct sunlight should be avoided at all costs.
- The soil should always be kept moist, but avoid waterlogging.
- Spray the leaves regularly with low-lime water.
- It doesn't need a lot of fertilizer. Applying liquid fertilizer once a month is enough.
- Its leaves curl up from the edge when it is too dry or too cool.
- If it gets too much sun, its leaves will fade.
- Bright leaves can also be a sign of a lack of food.
- Leaves discolored in brown could indicate that the humidity is too low or the soil is too dry.
This is the basic knowledge of Calathea, there is of course more information about it on the Internet.
As you have probably already noticed, the Calathea has relatively high demands. But with proper care, it gives us many beautiful leaves with great patterns.
If you also want to get a Calathea, you can remember this here:
Pour, spray and dust. ?
I wish you all a nice day and see you soon