How to Care for a Calathea Medallion

How to Care for a Calathea Medallion Plant

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

Light Requirements

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

Water Requirements

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 Preference

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.

Optimum 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.

Plant 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.

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.


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