The Calathea plant, has many many variations and are a popular indoor plant due to their decorative leaves and they don't require a lot of fuss. Native to the tropical Americas they can now be found all over the globe and are more commonly known as prayer plants. We're big fans of these plants and have a couple in our lovely shop to buy. So if you decide this is the plant for you, below you'll find all you need to know about keeping these lovely greens happy. 
  • Easy maintenance
  • Keep the soil moist
  • Enjoys a shady spot with low light, keep out of direct sunlight

Incredibly forgiving plant that can easily bounce back if neglected. If looked after well, a rewarding plant the grows fast with endless leaves. This is an ideal ‘low-light’ house plant, meaning it will enjoy a shadier corner of the room. The rule of thumb is, the darker the foliage, the lower the light requirements.

These plants love humidity which isn’t something we have in abundance in the UK but quick solution to this is a tray filled with pebbles and water to sit your pot on. The natural evaporation of the water with help keep the air moist. Though don’t worry if this isn’t possible, these are hardy plants that can survive without the humidity. Also a quick mist is a great way to give your plant some extra love. Remember though mist bottom up, not down on to the leaves.

When it comes to watering, the Calathea enjoys moist soil but not wet. They dislike being dried out. Make sure to test the soil every few days, stick your finger in and if it feels dry, give it a generous glug of water. Making sure the excess water drains away, otherwise you could get root rot.

Overall this is a resilient plant that is definitely on the easy side when it comes to maintenance.

August 03, 2020 — Sarah Tebb
Tags: Plant care

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