The Calathea family comprises many varieties characterised by the vast array of colour and texture of their foliage. This tropical plant native of South America is very popular here and evolves well when placed in a medium-light setting.
One of its distinctive features is the fact that its leaves will move up and down depending on light intensity and orientation. This plant loves a humid environment; it will therefore appreciate being misted daily.
The Calatheas, regardless of the variety, prefer slightly moist soil so they should not dry up too much between waterings. A sign of this is when the leaves turn brown of yellow. But no worries, the Calathea is a hardy plant; it will bounce right back if you forget to give it a drink. However, its soil should not be soggy for it could result in root rot.
When you take possession of your plant, make sure you assess its watering needs. Before you give it a drink the first time, check the soil’s moisture level to verify whether or not it is moist near the surface. It is best to aerate the soil before the initial watering since it is often compacted to avoid shifting during transit. This also allows it to breathe and release moisture.
Rotate your plant periodically in order to encourage an even growth. Cleaning the leaves regularly will stimulate proper photosynthesis. As you wipe the foliage, inspect the leaves on either side to make sure there are no pests.
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