Calathea Musaica
Plant Care

Calathea Musaica

The calathea musaica is a fairly easy to care for houseplant, just make sure you up it’s humidity levels.

Calathea Musaica Summary

Light needs:Medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check once a week and water if top 20% of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A well diluted balanced fertilizer in spring and summer.
Soil:A well draining potting compost. 
Temperature:18-27°C (65-80°F). 
Where to buy:Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Pests on leaves.


Goeppertia kegeljanii aka calathea musaica is originally from Brazil and is known for it’s square patterning on it’s leaves.

Calathea Musaica Light Needs

Medium to bright indirect sunlight is ideal. They’ll be just fine in a bit less though.

How Often to Water

Check it once a week and water if the top 20% of soil is dry. They like to be moist but not wet.


Use a very well diluted balanced fertilizer in spring and summer. Dilute it well.

I use filtered tap water on all my calatheas as they can be fussy to ‘hard’ water.

Calathea Musaica Soil

A well draining potting compost. The plant likes to stay moist but not sit in water. A normal potting compost with 20% added perlite will be adequate.

When To Repot

They do not grow especially fast, but pot them up a size in spring every couple of years, or if the roots grow through the bottom of the pot.


50-70% humidity is ideal, which is above most households so give them a pebble tray with water in under the pot, or mist them regularly.

Calathea Musaica Temperature

The optimal temperature range for calathea musaica is 18-27°C (65-80°F).

How To Propagate Calathea Musaica

A calathea musaica is best propagated by dividing off the smaller plants at the case. Follow these steps:

  1. You’ll need a plant that already has smaller plants developing and growing around it’s base.
  2. Remove the plant from it’s current container.
  3. Separate the plants out as best you can, make sure each plant comes away with it’s own root system as well as stems and laves.
  4. Then you can pot up the plants in their own pots and give them water.

Where To Buy

Support your local plant stores when you can, if not try Etsy or one of these Rare Plant Shops.

Other Names

Goeppertia kegeljanii, calathea network.

Calathea Musaica
Image Source: Ping an Chang, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

FAQs and Common Problems

They can get crispy and even brown leaves from a lack of humidity, so make sure you maintain a decent humidity level with a misting or a pebble bath.

Be careful of houseplant pests on these leaves, as they can be quite prone to it.

Also make sure they don’t get too cold in winter and keep them out of the way of draughts.

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