How to Care for an Orbifolia Plant

How to Care for an Orbifolia Plant

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

 
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS
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 REQUIREMENTS
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 PREFERENCE
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.
OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE
Orbifolias enjoy 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 in 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. Do not use any shine products on the leaves, instead, clean leaves occasionally with a damp cloth.
TOXICITY
Calathea Orbifolias are non-poisonous plants and are safe for humans, cats, and dogs.