Care Instructions - Calathea

The genus Calathea includes some of the most beautiful and striking tropical foliage plants in the world. Calathea species generally have boldly marked, upright, oblong leaves in a dazzling array of colours held on long, upright stalks. Because of the plant's bold markings, it goes by nicknames such as zebra plant, peacock plant, and rattlesnake plant, that reflect that. It is closely related to the similarly gorgeous Maranta.

In addition to showy leaves, the plant produces small flowers in clusters on short stems. The plants are used primarily as foliage or houseplants.

As true tropical plants, they are somewhat fussy about their conditions, but a well-grown Calathea is worth the effort.

Calathea love humid conditions and well-drained soil
18-25° Celsius
Loose, well-draining potting mix with perlite and peat mixed through
They like bright, indirect light.

Soil must be constantly moist. Water every few days in summer. Use warm filtered water. 

With insufficient watering, the leaves begin to twist and dry up.

In winter, limit water to once a week when the leaves begin to form. Do not let these plants sit in water and refrain from getting the leaves wet.

Fertalise monthly in the spring and summer. In autumn and winter, fertalise every other month.