Calathea Orbifolia
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Calathea Orbifolia

Everything you need to know about how to care for and propagate your Calathea Orbifolia

Welcome to our guide on how to care for and propagate the Calathea Orbifolia…

Calathea Orbifolia Care Summary

Light needs:Medium indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Keep moist but not soaking.
Fertilizer:A well diluted balanced fertilizer every 3 or 4 weeks in the spring and summer.
Soil: 20% perlite added to a rich potting compost.
Temperature:18-25°C (64-77°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Goeppertia orbifolia. Round leaf plant.
Common issues:Overwatering and lack of humidity.


Calathea Orbifolia is an elegant looking houseplant, which grows in the wild in Bolivia, known for it’s beautiful large round leaves. They can be a little bit fussy, the key is get the balance right in most of the plants care needs, like keeping the soil moist but not too wet. We cover all you need to know about care and propagation.

See also: Calathea Care, Calathea Zebrina, Calathea Freddie, Calathea White Fusion, Calathea Medallion Care, Calathea Musaica.

Calathea Orbifolia Light Needs

You need to put your the Calathea Orbifolia plant in a place where there is medium indirect sunlight ideally. A bit back from the window out of any direct sun is good spot. They can survive in low light areas sometimes but will grow best in medium indirect sun, in the middle of a bright room.

How Often to Water

They like to be kept moist but not sit in really wet soil, so you want to check the soil each week (or more in the summer) and if the top 25% is dry, then water the plant. Let the water drain through ten tip out any excess so the roots do not sit in heavy wet soil. Keep them moist but not overwatered!

If you live in a hard water area you should filter the water and leave it over night before watering your calathea, as they can fussy in this regard.


I do not feed mine, a good rich soil will give them plenty of nutrients, but you can give them a well diluted balanced fertilizer every 3 or 4 weeks in the spring and summer.


Calathea Orbifolia plant thrives to grow in soil rich in nutrients. I add 20% perlite to a rich potting compost, which results in a well draining and arity but rich soil.

When To Repot

You can repot Calathea Orbifolia every two years. However, it is also important to keep in mind that this is not a plant that usually likes to be repotted. Check the roots at the start and end of the growing seasons to make sure they have room to grow.


Calathea Orbifolias love humidity of 50% at least, aim for 60%, it is a tropical plant after all! This is one of the main reasons people say calatheas are fussy as hey get browning or crispy leaves due to low humidity, You can keep the plant next to other plants to keep the humidity high and mist it or give it a wet pebble tray.


You should also try to ensure an even temperature to of your Calathea Orbifolia. The ideal temperature to maintain in the day is in between 18-25°C (64-77°F). If it is too high or too low the plant can wilt. They are ok to get down to 10°C at night.

How To Propagate Calathea Orbifolia

You can propagate Calathea Orbifolia with division at the base, you will need to remove it from the pot, and then split off some of the pups. Try to get as much of the roots with each pup as possible. Then pot them up separately.

Other Names

Goeppertia orbifolia. Round leaf plant.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

Do you need to prune Calathea Orbifolia?

You do not need to prune this plant, only trim off leaves if they start to brown or are damaged.

Calathea Orbifolia Brown Edges

Calatheas get brown edges from minerals in tap water, so use filtered tap water if you can. Also check the humidity is over 50% as the leaves can crisp up when not given enough.

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