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Calathea Plant Care Guide

The beauty of the Calathea is that they come in all different shapes and sizes, but they are known for their patterned leaves, which makes them a favourite amongst plant enthusiasts. They are not the easiest to care for, but when they are given the right care and placed in the right environment they will thrive. They are also known as prayer plants, as you can see their leaves folding and if hands in the prayer position.

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It is advised that you check your plant’s soil before watering it. You can use a chopstick or pencil to check how wet the soil is before watering or use a moisture meter

Calatheas are humidity-loving and prefer to have evenly moist soil. They are sensitive to the harsh chemicals in tap water and prefer filtered or distilled water.

Water once or twice a week depending on how quickly the soil dries out. Ensure that your plant is in a humid spot like the bathroom or kitchen, you can use a humidifier or make a humidity tray


Place in a spot with bright, indirect sunlight and avoid direct sunlight because it can cause sunburn.

Common problems

Yellow and brown edges – Are caused by inconsistent watering whether it be overwatering or underwatering. It can also be caused by harsh chemicals in tap water.

Wilting or drooping leaves – your plant may be thirsty.

Loss of leaf colour – This is most likely caused by too much direct sunlight.

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