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Calathea

Calathea

If you already have a Calathea in your house, you know how beautiful the plant is. She is related to the Marantaceae, which consists of many unique houseplants. In nature it is mainly found in the jungles of South America and in the Amazon is also a well-known one. In nature, a Calathea grows in the shade, where its beautiful leaves stand out. The best? In the evening the Calathea takes a beauty sleep and closes her leaves. They'll be open again in the morning. And she performs that beautiful dance every day. A beautiful houseplant, but certainly not the easiest. The Calathea can be quite demanding.

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Calathea

If you already have a Calathea in your house, you know how beautiful the plant is. She is related to the Marantaceae, which consists of many unique houseplants. In nature it is mainly found in the jungles of South America and in the Amazon is also a well-known one. In nature, a Calathea grows in the shade, where its beautiful leaves stand out. The best? In the evening the Calathea takes a beauty sleep and closes her leaves. They’ll be open again in the morning. And she performs that beautiful dance every day. A beautiful houseplant, but certainly not the easiest. The Calathea can be quite demanding.

Calathea

If you already have a Calathea in your house, you know how beautiful the plant is. She is related to the Marantaceae, which consists of many unique houseplants. In nature it is mainly found in the jungles of South America and in the Amazon is also a well-known one. In nature, a Calathea grows in the shade, where its beautiful leaves stand out. The best? In the evening the Calathea takes a beauty sleep and closes her leaves. They’ll be open again in the morning. And she performs that beautiful dance every day. A beautiful houseplant, but certainly not the easiest. The Calathea can be quite demanding.

Half-shade

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

Half-shade

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

How do you take care of a Calathea?

The best location

In nature the Calathea grows in the shade. Often this shade is formed by larger plants and trees that grow around the Calathea. With sunlight, Calathea’s are not really known. It is important, as in nature, not to place a Calateha in sunlight. Both direct and indirect sunlight is best avoided. Choose a pitch for the Calathea in the semi-shade. Don’t you put her in too much sunlight? Then her leaves may turn yellow. And of course you want to avoid that!

Watering the Calathea

The Calathea consumes a lot of water. In the summer it is best to give small amounts of water twice a week. In spring and autumn once a week is sufficient. It is important that the Calathea is always in moist soil. Besides watering it is also important to spray a Calathea with a plant sprayer. They are plants that like high humidity. A perfect bathroom plant! In the autumn you can give her less water, but watering is certainly still necessary on a daily basis.

Plant nutrition

In spring, extra nutrition is desirable for the Calathea. She produces so many new leaves in spring and summer that plant nutrition is needed. Making new leaves takes up so much energy that the Calathea cannot extract them from the soil alone. It is best to add plant food to the watering once every two weeks. Universal houseplant nutrition is sufficient for the Calathea. Never use more than the recommended amount. Also extra food in the autumn is not necessary. Plant nutrition in autumn or winter can even be harmful to the Calathea!

Repotting

The repotting of the Calathea is not necessary every year. Repot the Calathea once every two or three years. And when the flowerpot gets too small, of course. Repotting a houseplant is best done in the spring. From spring until after summer, houseplants grow extra fast and can use such a larger pot. When repotting, it is best to use a flowerpot that is 20% larger than the previous one. During repotting you can choose to keep one plant, but you can also create multiple plants.

Air purifying function

Besides the fact that Calathea’s beautiful, they do something good for you. The Calathea is in fact an extremely good air purifier! During the day, the plant opens the stomata of its beautiful leaves and converts CO2 into oxygen. Calathea’s also emit hydrogen vapour. And oh yeah, as if there weren’t enough advantages to a Calathea. Those harmful substances and foul odors in your house? They’re history with a Calathea. They need some attention, but then you have some!

Is the Calathea poisonous?

More good news! The Calathea family is not poisonous to humans or animals. Pets are therefore very safe at the Calathea. Yet plants and animals do not always go well together. Do you see that the leaf of your plant has been bitten off and the animal shows strange behaviour? Please contact your veterinarian for the best advice.

Diseases and peculiarities

Besides the fact that we love the leaf of the Calathea, pests are also interested. In the autumn, as soon as the heating is turned on again, spider mites can occur at the Calathea. Spider mites are found on the leaves of the plant. Fortunately, you can also take preventive action against spider mites! Spray the Calathea once in a while with pesticide and you keep spider mites away.

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