Calathea FAQ

Calathea at a glance

Botanical Name: Calathea
Watering Requirements: Regular watering
Lighting Requirements: Indirect light
Humidity Requirements: Prefer moist air
Soil Type:
 Well draining
Calathea Height: Approximately 2 feet


General Care

If you’re new to Calathea care of you just want to make sure you’re doing a good job then you’re in the right place.

Below we have outlined the basic needs for your Calathea plants based on lighting, watering, temperature, humidity, feeding and propagation.

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A Calathea plant is that likes to be moist. You want to water your plant often enough that the soil remains moist.

If it isn’t getting enough water the plant will tell you with drooping leaves or crispy tips.

This doesn’t mean overwatering though. Even though you don’t want to wait until the soil becomes bone dry until you water it, you also don’t want it to be sopping wet all the time. The soil needs to dry out a bit between waterings or the plant can become overwatered.

You can get a good feel for this by feeling the top few inches of soil with your fingers, when you feel it drying out give it a drink. And when you do water your Calathea make sure you do so thoroughly.

If you don’t trust your fingers to measure the moisture correctly then why not consider buying a moisture stick to detect the levels in the soil. This can be a big help for beginners who aren’t sure what moist actually means. We recommened Sustee!

Another way to prevent your soil from becoming too wet when watering try mixing in perlite with your potting soil.

Calathea plants require indirect bright light. You don’t want to sit this plant on windowsill in full view of the sun but you also don’t want to place it on a shelf at the back of the room.

If you have a choice then opt for a Well lit room, with enough light that you could read a book comfortably with the lights off during the day.


Calathea's prefer well draining soil.

Try a mix of:

- Premium potting soil

- Perlite

- Small amount Horticultural charcoal

- Small amount of peat moss

You can propagate Calathea by separating them at the root system and placing a new segment of plant into a fresh pot with soil.

This is the best approach to propagating this type of plants rather than doing leaf cuttings.


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