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Propagating a Calathea in potting soil

ALL ABOUT PROPAGATING

How do you propagate a Calathea?

The Calathea is a popular houseplant. You can recognise the plant in most cases by its striking leaves. Just like Maranta’s and Syngonium’s, Calathea’s have clear leaf markings. You can also recognize the Calathea by its special movements. Every evening the plant closes its leaves, which it opens again in the morning. A real dancer!

The Calathea is a popular houseplant. You can recognise the plant in most cases by its striking leaves. You can also recognize the Calathea by its special movements. Every evening the plant closes its leaves, which it opens again in the morning. A real dancer!

Supplies

  • Calathea
  • Knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Flowerpot with fresh poting soil

Propagating a Calathea in 4 steps

1. Clean your supplies

When propagting the Calathea, you need a sharp knife. In order not to spread bacteria unnecessarily, we recommend cleaning the knife. It is best to use disinfectant or pure alcohol. Then dry the knife thoroughly.

2. Start repotting

Get the Calathea out of his pot. It is best to replace the soil in the flowerpot with fresh potting soil. This way it is not necessary to repot the Calathea again.

Clean the roots and shoots as well as possible. Loosen stuck soil and shake the plant carefully. This will make it easier for you to loosen the shoot(s).

3. Cut away the shoots

Carefully cut off the shoot from the mother plant. It is wise to cut as close to the mother plant as possible. Do you have the shoot almost loose? Then at least do not pull the shoot loose from the mother plant. Will you do this? Then there is a chance that the shoot will lose its roots or be severely damaged.

4. Pot the cuttings

The flowerpot in which the mother plant was placed can be used for the cuttings. Choose a flowerpot that is at least 20% larger for the mother plant. This prevents the plant from growing in a pot that is too small, which will damage the roots. We recommend choosing fresh potting soil in addition to a new flowerpot.

Keep the soil of the cuttings slightly moist during the first weeks. This promotes root growth.

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