How to Care for a Calathea Beauty Star | Bloomscape

How to Care for a Calathea Beauty Star

Use these instructions to care for a Calathea Beauty Star. This guide will tell you how to water your Calathea Beauty Star; its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.

Light Requirements

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 Requirements

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 Preference

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.

Optimum 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.

Plant 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.

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.

Toxicity

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