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.|
|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.
Tip: Use filtered water that has been left to stand over night, they can be fussy in this regard.
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.
Tip: Keep it humid by keeping it with different plants, or a pebble tray under it.
Calathea Musaica Temperature
The optimal temperature range for calathea musaica is 18-27°C (65-80°F).
How To Propagate Calathea Musaica
We run down all you need to know about calathea network propagation…
They are best propagated by dividing off the smaller plants at the base. Follow these steps:
- You’ll need a plant that already has smaller plants developing and growing around it’s base.
- Remove the plant from it’s current container.
- 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 leaves. Be really careful you damage the roots as little as possible.
- Then you can pot up the plants in their own pots and the original plant back in it’s container too.
- Give them water and you’re done.
Where To Buy
Goeppertia kegeljanii network, calathea network. I would love to tell you how to pronounce goeppertia kegeljanii network, but I think we can all agree it is unpronounceable!
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.
Calathea Musaica Leaves Curling
Curling leaves are typically due to a lack of moisture in the laves, so make sure the plants is humid and watered well.
How Big Do Calathea Musaica Get?
They can grow 50 centimeters (20 inches) to a meter (3 feet) in height and a similar width to their height, taking between 2 and 5 years to achieve this maturity.
Why Is My Calathea Musaica Turning Yellow?
Yellow leaves can occur when the plant is stressed, normally due to over watering. Make sure you have a proper watering schedule and check for pests at watering time too to avoid an infestation taking hold.
Is Calathea Musaica Toxic To Cats?
Calathea is not toxic to cats (source).
Calathea Musaica Vs Network
Calathea musaica and calathea network are the same plant, they are just different names for it.