How to Care for Calathea Plants?
- This article was last updated on 02/18/2017
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Calathea plants are among those houseplants that are mainly grown for their foliage. Other than the foliage, these plants look very humble. However, the leaves of Calathea plants are so rich and gorgeous that they are among the most beautiful house plants you can grow.
Calathea is a moderately-fast growing plant that will look gorgeous in your home if you give it proper care. Indoors, a Calathea plant can reach about 2 feet (60 cm) in height. However, small varieties, such as Flowering Calathea, can only reach about 12 inches (30 cm) in height. Keep this in mind when deciding on the Calathea variety you wish to grow in your home.
Calathea plants are gorgeous and can look amazing in your home. However, the only way to make it thrive is to give it all the care requirements in requires. Keep in mind that this is not an easy houseplant that you can make grow without putting in any effort. Those who prefer low-maintenance plants might not like Calathea plants. Also, these plants might be too overwhelming for beginner gardeners.
However, if you have patience, experience and willingness to make an effort, Calathea plants can be the most beautiful plants you’ll grow in your home. Just make sure to truly take time to provide it with everything it needs. This plant can suffer a lot if you mistreat it or if you don’t provide proper care to it.
Here are the basic Calathea care requirements:
Repotting and propagation are some additional things you need to think about. These are needed to make your Calathea thrive.
If you take a good care of your Calathea, it will grow strong and healthy. Such a plant will need to be repotted every year or every other year. The best time for repotting is spring or summer. When repotting, make sure to use fresh potting soil.
If you want to propagate your Calathea plant, you need to do it at the same time as repotting. However, remember that propagation will change the look of your plant – it will not look as bushy as before.
The easiest way to propagate Calathea plants is by division. Simply divide the plant by half or into smaller pieces. Choose smaller pieces only if your Calathea plant is very large. Otherwise, simply divide it by half. This needs to be done at repotting. Divide the plant and pot each section in its own pot. In the beginning, keep the new divisions in a shady, moist and warm area. It is also a good idea to cover the pots with plastic. Once the divisions start developing a new growth you can remove the plastic and care for your new Calathea plants in the usual manner.
Here are some additional tips for growing Calathea plants: