Calathea

I have always admired this particular plant but where do I begin to tell you of what drew me to this plant in the first place. I generally came across this plant due to my first purchase of a rattle snake and I suddenly became intrigued. Generally around the time that the sun goes down these beautiful plants fold up, almost as if they need sun to survive. Interesting enough this plant is one that requires shade.

As my love for plants grew so did my collection it became a mission of mine to collect them all. I found at this plant in a nursery not far from me, this was a little odd being as though I had been looking for the same plant online. Only because when I went to the same nursery previously and they didn’t have it. I know just an up and down roller coaster of disappointment and yet I finally got my very own. So it was worth it for me and fun.

The purchase was just the easy part

In this blog you will find

  • Lighting
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Care

Lighting

You may hear some say that indirect light works and or shade, but I have learned the hard way that shade is best when dealing with these plants or even low dim light. When I put them in indirect sunlight it burns my leaves and gives them a burnt crispy leave which just looks awful.

Don’t Overwater

Watering is simply the best part because it allows for your babies to grow, but sometimes we get a little to happy and tend to over water our plants. This is the case for me I am very heavy on the watering side and so now I want from the bottom. These plants do not need to be watered everyday but every week keep in mind moist not mushy.

Fertilizer

I know that there may be a great deal of fertilizers out there but I mostly rely on the “Jobes Houseplant Sticks” This is so much easier then remembering to fertilize each and every plant, as if the watering’s wasn’t enough to remember.

Care Tips In Advance

Humidity

Living in a place that doesn’t provide enough humidity for you plants can suck you are actually going to lose more plants then you save. When it comes to humidity pebble trays do in fact help, what is a pebble tray you may ask?

This is simply a tray that contains rocks and water, place the rocks in a dish and pour filtered water until it reaches just above the rocks.

You can also invest in a humidifier if you feel as thought the pebble tray is not doing you any justice, I originally had a 500mL humidifier trying to cover all of my plants. This was absolutely a no go and it did absolutely nothing for my plants. Searching for a humidifier invest in a bigger on for instance a 4 to 6 L. They may be a tad expensive for a good one but it is all worth it when you think of what you are investing.

Grouping is also another method for humidity, grouping a group of plants to improve the humidity.

Wipe your leaves

From time to time we may see white particles accumulating on our plants in most cases this is just dust that has been acquired throughout your plants stay. A little soap and water will do the trick but I recommend that you wipe your leaves daily to keep them free from dust particles.