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Calathea Care

Calatheas are known for their bold patterned foliage. The leaves of most Calathea varieties fold up slightly during the night time, revealing the often colorful undersides of their striking leaves.

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How to care for your Calathea

While all plants in the Calathea family have roughly the same care, there are some unique things you should know about each individual species. These will help you better understand your plant and build a relationship with it.

Calathea Beauty Star

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LIGHT

Your Calathea Beauty Star prefers medium to bright indirect light—so placing it in front of an east, west, or north window is ideal. Direct sun burns the leaves and causes the beautiful leaf colors to fade.

WATER

For best results, water your Beauty Star deeply and then allow the top 1” of soil to slightly dry out between waterings. However, extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. Overwatering will cause the plant to wilt and it will recover slowly.

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Beauty Star prefers a spot with ample humidity. Brown edges on the leaves indicate the air is too dry. Mist the leaves twice per week with room temperature water.

TEMPERATURE

Your Beauty Start enjoys the warmth, preferably between 65-85 degrees. Maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees and avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Your Calathea Beauty Star is non-toxic to cats, dogs, and humans.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you notice a tip or edges of your Beauty Star are burned, often with a yellowish hue, it could be due to your tap water. To solve this, use distilled water or allow your tap water to stand overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing. Do not use any shine products on the leaves, instead, clean leaves occasionally with a damp cloth.

Calathea Dottie

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LIGHT

Your Calathea will do best in medium to low indirect light. Never allow this plant to receive direct sunlight, as the leaves will burn.

WATER

For best results, maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Calathea moist, but not wet or soggy. This is not a drought-tolerant plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges.

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Calathea prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown up, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis, or place a humidifier nearby. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Calathea because these areas tend to be more humid.

TEMPERATURE

Your Calathea prefers average room temperatures between 60-80 degrees. It will not tolerate temperatures below 55 degrees. It is also sensitive to cold drafts or blowing heat during the winter months, so keep it away from windows and heaters for best results.

FOOD

Feed your Calathea Dottie with a general houseplant fertilizer every month during spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary in the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Your Calathea Dottie is non-toxic and pet-friendly.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you notice the tips or edges of your Calathea Dottie’s leaves are turning brown, often with a yellowish hue at the edge, it could be due to your tap water. Allow your tap water to sit out overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Alternatively, you can water with filtered water or rainwater. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing.

Calathea Freddie

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LIGHT

Your Freddie Plant prefers medium to bright indirect light—so placing it in front of an east, west, or north window is ideal. Too much direct sun burns the leaves and causes the beautiful leaf colors to fade.

WATER

For best results, maintain a regular watering schedule and keep the soil damp, but never wet or saturated. This is not a drought tolerant indoor plant, however, the top of the soil should be allowed to dry out a little between waterings. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. Overwatering will cause the plant to wilt and it will recover slowly.

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, this plant prefers a spot with ample humidity. Brown edges on the leaves indicate the air is too dry. Mist the leaves twice per week with room temperature water. 

TEMPERATURE

This plant enjoys the warmth, preferably between 65-85 degrees. Maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees and avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes. 

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer with iron every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

The Freddie Plant is non-toxic to cats, dogs, and humans.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you notice a tip or edge burn often with a yellowish hue at the edge, especially on older leaves, it could be due to your tap water. To solve this, use distilled water or allow your tap water to stand overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing. Do not use any shine products on the leaves, instead, clean leaves occasionally with a damp cloth.

Calathea Medallion

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LIGHT

Your Calathea Medallion will do best in medium to bright indirect light. Never allow this plant to stand in the direct sunlight—the leaves will get sunburned!

WATER

For best results, maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Calathea Medallion moist, but not wet or saturated. This is not a drought tolerant indoor plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges.

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Calathea Medallion prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown up, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis, or use a pebble tray. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for this plant because these areas tend to be more humid.

TEMPERATURE

Your Calathea Medallion enjoys the warmth, preferably between 65-85 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer with iron every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary for the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Calatheas are non-poisonous plants and are safe for humans, cats, and dogs.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you notice a tip or edge burn often with a yellowish hue at the edge, especially on older leaves, it could be due to your tap water. To solve this, allow your tap water to stand overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing. If only a portion of the leaf is brown or yellow go ahead and carefully trim off that portion of the leaf with a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears. Do not use any shine products on the leaves, instead, clean leaves occasionally with a damp cloth.

Calathea Misto

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LIGHT

Your Calathea Misto will do best in low to medium light. Never allow your plant to stand in the direct sunlight—the leaves will burn.

WATER

For best results, maintain a regular watering pattern and keep your Calathea Misto moist, but not wet or saturated. This is not a drought-tolerant indoor plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges.

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Calathea Misto prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown up, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis, or use a pebble tray. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for this plant because these areas tend to be more humid.

WATER

Maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees, as your Calathea Misto enjoys the warmth–preferably between 65-85 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary for the winter when plant growth naturally slows. Make sure to apply fertilizer to damp soil-never dry, as it will burn the plants’ roots.

TOXICITY

Your Calathea Misto is a non-poisonous plant and is safe for humans, cats, and dogs.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you notice a tip or edge burn, often with a yellowish hue at the edge, especially on older leaves, it could be due to your tap water. To solve this, allow your tap water to stand overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing. If only a portion of the leaf is brown or yellow, carefully trim off that portion of the leaf with a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears.

Calathea Orbifolia

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LIGHT

This tropical plant will do best in medium to low light. Never allow this plant to stand in the direct sunlight, the leaves will get sunburned!

WATER

For best results, maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Orbifolia moist, but not wet or saturated. This is not a drought tolerant indoor plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges.

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Orbifolia prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown up, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Orbifolia because these areas tend to be more humid.

TEMPERATURE

Orbifolias enjoy the warmth, preferably between 65-85 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer with iron every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary in the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Calathea Orbifolias are non-poisonous plants and are safe for humans, cats, and dogs.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you notice a tip or edge burn often with a yellowish hue at the edge, especially on older leaves, it could be due to your tap water. To solve this, allow your tap water to stand overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing. Do not use any shine products on the leaves, instead, clean leaves occasionally with a damp cloth.

Calathea Peacock

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LIGHT

Your Calathea Peacock will do best in low to medium light area. Never allow this plant to stand in the direct sunlight—the leaves will get sunburned!

WATER

For best results, maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Calathea Peacock moist, but not wet or saturated. This is not a drought tolerant indoor plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges.

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Calathea Peacock prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown up, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis, or use a pebble tray. This Calathea will thrive if given frequent, lukewarm showers either in the actual shower or use the spray attachment near your sink. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for this plant because these areas tend to be more humid.

TEMPERATURE

Your Calathea Peacock enjoys the warmth, preferably between 65-85 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer with iron every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary for the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Calatheas are non-toxic plants and are safe for humans, cats, and dogs.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you notice a tip or edge burn often with a yellowish hue at the edge, especially on older leaves, it could be due to your tap water. To solve this, allow your tap water to stand overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing. If only a portion of the leaf is brown or yellow go ahead and carefully trim off that portion of the leaf with a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears. Do not use any shine products on the leaves, instead, clean leaves occasionally with a damp cloth.

Calathea Pinstripe

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LIGHT

This gorgeous tropical prefers bright, but indirect light. This Calathea variety is not adapted to growing in low light and direct sunlight will burn its leaves.

WATER

For best results, maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Pinstripe Plant moist, but not wet or saturated. This is not a drought-tolerant indoor plant, however, the top of the soil should be allowed to dry out a little between waterings. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. Overwatering will cause the plant to wilt, and it will recover slowly.

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, the Pinstripe Plant prefers a spot with ample humidity. Mist the leaves twice per week with room temperature water. Your bathroom or kitchen can be the perfect spot for your plant because these areas tend to be more humid.

TEMPERATURE

This plant enjoys the warmth, preferably between 65-85 degrees. Maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees and avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer with iron every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Calatheas are non-poisonous to humans and pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you notice a tip or edge burn often with a yellowish hue at the edge, especially on older leaves, it could be due to your tap water. To solve this, allow your tap water to stand overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing. Do not use any shine products on the leaves, instead, clean leaves occasionally with a damp cloth.

Calathea Rattlesnake

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LIGHT

Your Rattlesnake Plant is a great low light plant and will do best in medium to low light. This gorgeous tropical plant doesn’t like much sun on its leaves, so shield it from direct light to prevent scorching.

WATER

Water the Rattlesnake enough to keep it moist, but not wet or saturated as yellowing may occur on the leaves. During May-August, water more frequently to keep the soil damp, but never waterlogged. In the winter, only water when the topsoil becomes dry to the touch. Extended periods of dryness can result in leaves curling and brown leaf tips or edges. Overwatering causes the plant to wilt—and wilted plants recover slowly.

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Rattlesnake Plant prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for this plant because these areas tend to be more humid.

TEMPERATURE

Rattlesnakes like it warm, preferably between 65-85 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 64 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer with iron every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter.

TOXICITY

Rattlesnake Plants are non-poisonous plants and safe for humans, dogs, and cats.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you notice a tip or margin burn, especially on older leaves, often with a yellowish hue at the edge of the burn, it could be due to your tap water. To solve this, allow your tap water to stand overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing. Do not use any shine products on the leaves, instead, clean leaves with a damp cloth occasionally.

Calathea Rosy Roseo

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LIGHT

Your Calathea Rosy Roseo will do best in medium to low indirect light. Never allow this plant to receive direct sunlight, the leaves will burn.  

WATER

Maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Calathea Rosy Roseo moist, but not wet or soggy. This is not a drought-tolerant plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges.  

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Calathea Rosy Roseo prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis, or place a humidifier nearby. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Calathea because these areas tend to be more humid. 

TEMPERATURE

Your Calathea Rosy Roseo prefers average room temperature, from 60-80 degrees. They are sensitive to cold drafts and blowing heat during the winter months, so keep them away from windows and heaters for best results. 

FOOD

Use a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength every month during spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary in the winter when plant growth naturally slows. 

TOXICITY

Your Calathea Rosy Roseo is non-toxic and pet-friendly.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you notice the tips or edges of your plant’s leaves are turning brown, often with a yellowish hue at the edge, it could be due to your tap water. Allow your tap water to sit out overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Alternatively, you can water with filtered water or rainwater. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing.  

Calathea Vittata

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LIGHT

Your Calathea will do best in medium to low indirect light. Never allow this plant to receive direct sunlight, the leaves will burn.  

WATER

For best results, maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Calathea moist, but not wet or soggy. This is not a drought-tolerant plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges.

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Calathea prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown up, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis, or add a humidifier nearby. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Calathea because these areas tend to be more humid. 

TEMPERATURE

Your Calathea prefers average room temperature, from 60-80 degrees F. They will not tolerate temperatures below 55 degrees. They are also sensitive to cold drafts or blowing heat during the winter months, so keep them away from windows or heaters for best results. 

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer every month during spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary in the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Calathea are non-toxic and pet-friendly.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you notice a tip or edge burn often with a yellowish hue at the edge, especially on older leaves, it could be due to your tap water. To solve this, allow your tap water to stand overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Alternatively, you can water with filtered water or rainwater. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing.  

Calathea Zebra

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LIGHT

Your Calathea Zebra will do best in medium to low indirect light. Never allow your plant to receive direct sunlight, as the leaves will burn. 

WATER

Maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Calathea moist, but not wet or soggy. This is not a drought-tolerant plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. 

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Calathea Zebra prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis, or place a humidifier nearby. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Calathea because these areas tend to be more humid.

TEMPERATURE

Your Calathea Zebra prefers average room temperatures from 60-80 degrees. They are sensitive to cold drafts and blowing heat during the winter months, so keep them away from windows and heaters for best results. 

FOOD

Use a general houseplant fertilizer every month during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary in the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Your Calathea Zebra is non-toxic and pet-friendly. 

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you notice the tips or edges of your plant’s leaves are turning brown, often with a yellowish hue at the edge, it could be due to your tap water. Allow your tap water to sit out overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Alternatively, you can water with filtered water or rainwater. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing.

Calathea Musaica

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LIGHT

Your Calathea Musaica will do best in low to bright indirect light. Never allow this plant to receive direct sunlight–the foliage will burn. 

WATER

Maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Calathea moist, but not wet or soggy. This is not a drought-tolerant plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. 

HUMIDITY

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Calathea Musaica prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis, or place a humidifier nearby. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Calathea because these areas tend to be more humid.

TEMPERATURE

Your Calathea Musaica prefers average room temperature, from 60-80 degrees. They are sensitive to cold drafts and blowing heat during the winter months, so keep them away from windows and heaters for best results. 

FOOD

Use a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength every month during spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary in the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Your Calathea Musaica is non-toxic and pet-friendly. 

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you notice the tips or edges of your plant’s leaves are turning brown, often with a yellowish hue at the edge, it could be due to your tap water. Allow your tap water to sit out overnight before watering so the chlorine and fluoride can evaporate. Alternatively, you can water with filtered water or rainwater. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing. 

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What's a Calathea?

Botanical Classification: Marantaceae (family)

About

Calatheas are known for their bold patterned foliage. These eye-catching plants has The leaves of most Calathea varieties fold up slightly during the night time, revealing the often colorful undersides of their striking leaves. 

Calatheas are considered relatively easy to care for, but they like an environment with higher humidity (like a kitchen or bathroom) and their soil to stay consistently moist.

Fun Fact

Most Calathea varieties are pet-friendly!

Pictured Left: Calathea Medallion
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Calatheas love moisture and humidity, so mist often!
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Calathea Peacock

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Relatively low maintenance, Low to Medium indirect light
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