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Calathea Plant

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Calathea -
Calathea spp.

Calathea is a genus of neotropical rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plants; members of which are referred to generally as Calatheas. ‘Prayer plants’ is a colloquial term that refers to members of genus Maranta, to which genus Calathea is closely-related. In reality, they’re all considered to be ‘prayer plants’.

Calathea leaves are used by peoples in the tropics (mostly Brazil) for handicraft and food wrapping. Because of the diversity of the leaf shapes, baskets are weaved with the lanceolate leaves, and food is wrapped with the wider leaves. The colorful leaf markings of most Calatheas make them economically important as houseplants, and their popularity has been growing with the development of new cultivars.

Two species/cultivars are most common in production - Calathea veitchiana (Medallion calathea) and Calathea lancifolia (Rattlesnake calathea).

PLANT ORIGINS

The Tropical Americas

Plant Care

Light

Medium light. Tolerates low light. Not suited for intense, direct sun.

Water

Water weekly to semi-weekly. Allow potting mix to completely dry out before watering. The smaller the pot, the faster the soil dries out. Water more frequently during warmer months and fertilize during growth. Do not overwater or keep the soil wet for too long, as this will encourage root rot.

Extra Love

Calatheas will let you know as soon as they're not feeling the love by wilting, this is a great indicator that you need to water.