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Care Guide

Calathea Care

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Meet Calathea

Calathea Plants, native to tropical South and Central America, Africa, and the West Indies, are grown primarily for their beautiful, brightly colored, upright, oval leaves. There are over 300 different types of Calathea Plants, many being man-made hybrids created by tissue cultures. The various Calathea varieties have leaves with a purple undersides and various vibrant colorful patterns on the top side. Indoors, a Calathea is a table plant or short bush that rarely gets bigger than 24” tall and 24”-26” wide.

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Light

A Calathea Plant likes bright indirect light; so placing it in front of an east, west, or north window is ideal. Too much direct sun burns the leaves of a Calathea Plant and causes the beautiful leaf colors to fade. 

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Pet Friendly

Yes

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Water

Allow the top 2-3” to dry out before watering. Never let a Calathea Plant sit in water. Calathea Plants are very sensitive to the water you use. Hard water, soft water, fluoridated water, or water of poor quality causes the leaves of a Calathea Plant to turn brown from leaf burn. The best way to water a Calathea Plant is to use distilled water, rainwater, or allow your tap water to sit out overnight before using it. Keep the soil of a Calathea Plant moist but never soggy. 

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Humidity

High

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Temperature

Calathea Plants like temperatures between 65°-80° F degrees, and do not like cold drafts or temperatures below 55°-60° F degrees. Hot temperatures cause the leaves of a Calathea Plant to curl.

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Difficult Level

Hard

   Common Problems Q&A

Why are my leaves yellow?

This may be a sign your plant is receiving too little water. You don't want the soil to be soggy but you do want to keep it moist. Calathea plants can survive short periods of under watering, but if it goes on for too long you will notice yellowing leaves.

Why is the pattern on my leaves fading?

When a Calathea receives full sunlight the Chlorophyll in the leaves takes over and the light and dark patterns fade or disappear. Simply move your plant to an area with more shade or indirect light, the amount of Chlorophyll will be reduced and the pattern will reappear.

Why are my leaves turning brown and drying out?

This is usually a sign the air in the room is too dry. You can move you plant to a room with more humidity, like the bathroom, laundry room or kitchen. If you want to leave the plant where it is, misting the leaves can help!

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Calathea 'Ornata'
Calathea 'Ornata'
Calathea 'Ornata' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Ornata' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Ornata' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Ornata' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Ornata' - House Plant Shop

Calathea 'Ornata'

$19.99
  • Botanical Name: Calathea 'Ornata'
  • Common Names: Peacock Plant, Zebra Plant
  • DescriptionCalathea Plants, native to tropical South and Central America, Africa, and the West Indies, are grown primarily for their beautiful, brightly colored, upright, oval leaves. The various Calathea varieties have leaves with purple undersides and various vibrant colorful patterns on the top side.

 

***Bare root plants will ship without a pot and soil. You will NOT receive a nursery pot or soil with a bare root plant.*** Read: Bareroots 101

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Calathea Roseopicta 'Medallion'
Calathea Roseopicta 'Medallion'
Calathea Roseopicta 'Medallion' - House Plant Shop
Calathea Roseopicta 'Medallion' - House Plant Shop
Calathea Roseopicta 'Medallion' - House Plant Shop
Calathea Roseopicta 'Medallion' - House Plant Shop
Calathea Roseopicta 'Medallion' - House Plant Shop
Calathea Roseopicta 'Medallion' - House Plant Shop
Calathea Roseopicta 'Medallion' - House Plant Shop
Calathea Roseopicta 'Medallion' - House Plant Shop
Calathea Roseopicta 'Medallion' - House Plant Shop

Calathea Roseopicta 'Medallion'

$16.99
  • Botanical Name: Calathea Roseopicta 'Medallion'
  • Common Names: Peacock Plant, Zebra Plant
  • DescriptionCalathea Plants, native to tropical South and Central America, Africa, and the West Indies, are grown primarily for their beautiful, brightly colored, upright, oval leaves. The various Calathea varieties have leaves with purple undersides and various vibrant colorful patterns on the top side.

 

***Bare root plants will ship without a pot and soil. You will NOT receive a nursery pot or soil with a bare root plant.*** Read: Bareroots 101

 

*due to COVID inventory issues on the raw materials, planters are not shipped with the saucer.

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Calathea Concinna 'Freddie'
Calathea Concinna 'Freddie'
Calathea Concinna 'Freddie' - House Plant Shop
Calathea Concinna 'Freddie' - House Plant Shop
Calathea Concinna 'Freddie' - House Plant Shop

Calathea Concinna 'Freddie'

$19.99
  • Botanical Name: Calathea Concinna
  • Common Names: Peacock Plant, Zebra Plant, Freddie
  • DescriptionThis Calathea Concinna also commonly called the Freddie comes with soft green leaves with uniquely shaped shades. Like all Calathea plants, the leaves adjust as the sun rotates throughout the day. Calathea Plants, native to tropical South and Central America, Africa, and the West Indies, are grown primarily for their beautiful, brightly colored, upright, oval leaves. 
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Calathea 'Peacock'
Calathea 'Peacock'
Calathea 'Peacock' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Peacock' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Peacock' - House Plant Shop

Calathea 'Peacock'

$19.99
  • Botanical Name: Calathea 'Peacock'
  • Common Names: Peacock Plant, Zebra Plant
  • Description: There are several dozen species in this genus. Native to the tropical Americas, many of the species are popular as pot plants due to their decorative leaves and, in some species, colorful inflorescence. They are commonly called calatheas or (like their relatives) prayer plants.
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Calathea 'Beauty Star'
Calathea 'Beauty Star'
Calathea 'Beauty Star' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Beauty Star' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Beauty Star' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Beauty Star' - House Plant Shop

Calathea 'Beauty Star'

$19.99
  • Botanical Name: Calathea 'Beauty Star'
  • Common Names: Peacock Plant, Zebra Plant
  • Description: There are several dozen species in this genus. Native to the tropical Americas, many of the species are popular as pot plants due to their decorative leaves and, in some species, colorful inflorescence. They are commonly called calatheas or (like their relatives) prayer plants.
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Calathea Lancifolia 'Rattlesnake'
Calathea Lancifolia 'Rattlesnake'
Calathea Lancifolia 'Rattlesnake' - House Plant Shop
Calathea Lancifolia 'Rattlesnake' - House Plant Shop
Calathea Lancifolia 'Rattlesnake' - House Plant Shop

Calathea Lancifolia 'Rattlesnake'

$16.99
  • Botanical Name: Calathea Lancifolia 
  • Common Names: Peacock Plant, Zebra Plant, Rattlesnake
  • DescriptionThis Calathea Lancifolia also commonly called the Rattlesnake comes with dark green leaves that have unique ripples. Like all Calathea plants, the leaves adjust as the sun rotates throughout the day. Calathea Plants, native to tropical South and Central America, Africa, and the West Indies, are grown primarily for their beautiful, brightly colored, upright, oval leaves. Exhibits strappy, spotted leaves and deep purple undersides.

 

***Bare root plants will ship without a pot and soil. You will NOT receive a nursery pot or soil with a bare root plant.*** Read: Bareroots 101

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Calathea 'Grey Star' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Grey Star' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Grey Star' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Grey Star' - House Plant Shop

Calathea 'Grey Star'

$33.99
  • Botanical Name: Calathea 'Grey Star'
  • Common Names: Peacock Plant, Zebra Plant
  • Description: There are several dozen species in this genus. Native to the tropical Americas, many of the species are popular as pot plants due to their decorative leaves and, in some species, colorful inflorescence. They are commonly called calatheas or (like their relatives) prayer plants.
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Calathea 'Makoyana' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Makoyana' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Makoyana' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Makoyana' - House Plant Shop

Calathea 'Makoyana'

$19.99
  • Botanical Name: Calathea 'Makoyana'
  • Common Names: Peacock Plant, Zebra Plant
  • DescriptionThis Calathea Makoyana comes with soft green leaves with uniquely shaped shades. Like all calathea plants, the leaves adjust as the sun rotates throughout the day. Calathea Plants, native to tropical South and Central America, Africa, and the West Indies, are grown primarily for their beautiful, brightly colored, upright, oval leaves. 
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Calathea 'Vittata' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Vittata' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Vittata' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Vittata' - House Plant Shop

Calathea 'Vittata'

$19.99
  • Botanical Name: Calathea 'Vittata'
  • Common Names: Peacock Plant, Zebra Plant
  • Description: There are several dozen species in this genus. Native to the tropical Americas, many of the species are popular as pot plants due to their decorative leaves and, in some species, colorful inflorescence. They are commonly called calatheas or (like their relatives) prayer plants.
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Calathea 'Warscewiczii' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Warscewiczii' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Warscewiczii' - House Plant Shop
Calathea 'Warscewiczii' - House Plant Shop

Calathea 'Warscewiczii'

$33.99
  • Botanical Name: Calathea warscewiczii
  • Common Names: Prayer plant, Jungle Velvet
  • Description: There are several dozen species in this genus. Native to the tropical Americas, many of the species are popular as pot plants due to their decorative leaves and, in some species, colorful inflorescence. Its soft velvety leaves feature a striking light-and-dark green fishtail pattern with solid purplish tones underneath. The plant may bear small cream-colored flower cones in season.
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