How to Care for a Calathea Dottie

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

LIGHT REQUIREMENTS

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 REQUIREMENTS

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 PREFERENCE

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.

OPTIMUM 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. 

PLANT 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.

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. 

TOXICITY

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