Calathea and Maranta

Calathea and maranta plant care and propagation guides.

  • Prayer Plant Propagation
    Calathea and Maranta,  Propagation

    Prayer Plant Propagation

    Prayer plant propagation is as straight forward as taking node cuttings and rooting them in water. We cover all you need to know about calathea maranta propagation… Prayer Plant Propagation Prayer Plants, aka Marantas are striking looking plants. Water propagation is definitely the way to go for these beauties. Here is our guide to Prayer Plant Propagation. Just to be clear often Calatheas get called prayer plants, but here we are referring to Maranta, for more info on calatheas please see our Calathea Care articles.  Prayer Plant/Maranta Propagation Step By Step: Follow these steps to take a cutting and propagate into a new plant with water: Find a node, this…

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  • Calathea Dottie
    Calathea and Maranta,  Plant Care

    Calathea Dottie

    With shiny black and pink striped leaves, the Calathea Dottie is another striking addition to your Calathea collection, we cover all you need to know about care and propagation.. Calathea Dottie Care Summary Light needs: Medium to bright indirect sunlight. Watering needs: Keep soil moist but not soaking. Check twice a week. Fertilizer: A well diluted, balanced fertilize monthly in summer. Soil: A good potting compost mixed with perlite. Humidity: 60%. Temperature: 15-27°C (59-81°F). Where to buy: Try our list of Rare Plant Shops. Other names: Calathea Roseopicta “Dottie”. Common issues: Lack of humidity or watering issues. Introduction The Calathea Dottie can be found in the wild throughout Central and…

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  • Calathea Orbifolia
    Calathea and Maranta,  Plant Care

    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. Humidity: 60%. 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. Introduction Calathea Orbifolia is an elegant looking houseplant, which grows in…

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  • Calathea White Fusion
    Calathea and Maranta,  Plant Care

    Calathea White Fusion

    We cover all you need to know about the calathea white fusion… Calathea White Fusion Care Summary Light needs: Medium to bright indirect sunlight. Watering needs: Keep it moist, check soil and water if top layer has dried out. Fertilizer: A high in nitrogen feed in spring and summer.  Soil: A rich potting soil with added perlite. Humidity: 70% or more. Temperature: 15-27°C (59-81°F). Where to buy: Try our list of Rare Plant Shops. Other names: Calathea lietzei, goeppertia lietzei Common issues: Lack of humidity and/or soil moisture. Introduction Calathea white fusion is a really striking green, white and purple variegated plant, part of the marantaceae family. Be warned this…

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  • Calathea Musaica
    Calathea and Maranta,  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.  Humidity: 50-70%. Temperature: 18-27°C (65-80°F).  Where to buy: Try one of these Rare Plant Shops. Common issues: Pests on leaves. Introduction Goeppertia kegeljanii aka calathea musaica is originally from Brazil and is known for it’s square patterning on it’s leaves. See also: Calathea Dottie, Calathea Medallion Care, Calathea Orbifolia, Calathea White Fusion,…

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  • Calathea Medallion Care
    Calathea and Maranta,  Plant Care

    Calathea Medallion Care

    Humidity is the key to good calathea medallion care, we’ll go into more detail in the following guide…. Calathea Medallion Care Summary Light needs: Medium to bright indirect sunlight. Watering needs: Water when the top 25% of soil is dry, check once a week. Fertilizer: High in nitrogen feed once a month in summer. Soil: Rich, well draining and loose compost. Humidity: 50-60% humidity. Temperature: 18-27°C (65-80°F).  Where to buy: Try Etsy. Common issues: Lack of humidity. Introduction The calathea medallion is known for it’s round, patterned leaves. They make great houseplants, the genus is really popular for good reason… See also: Calathea Musaica. Light Needs Calathea medallions will do best in…

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  • Prayer Plant Care
    Calathea and Maranta,  Plant Care

    Prayer Plant Care

    In general prayer plants can survive most light ranges and not a fussy plant, just mist them regularly to keep them humid... Prayer Plant Care Summary Light needs: Plenty of indirect sunlight is ideal, low-medium light is ok too. Watering needs: Water when the top layer of soil (half a finger depth) is dry. Fertilizer: Feed them a well diluted feed in the summer months every 2 weeks. Soil: A standard well draining potting compost. Humidity: They like the high end of household humidity or mist them 3 times a week. Temperature: Don’t let your prayer plant get below 12°C (55°F) for long periods of time. Where to buy: Try…

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  • Prayer Plant Leaf Curling
    Calathea and Maranta,  Houseplant Pests and Problems

    Prayer Plant Leaf Curling

    Both calatheas and marantas are commonly referred to as prayer plants, we will cover leaf curling for both these types of plants as the root causes are the same and they are very similar plants. Prayer Plant Leaves Curling Prayer plants get curling leaves when they lack moisture. Normally it is due to lack of humidity, they need 50% or more as a minimum. You are best to put them in humid room or near a humidifier. If not you can put them on top of a wet pebble tray to increase the ambient humidity around the plant. Sometimes the curling leaves can be due to a lack water –…

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  • Calathea Beauty Star
    Calathea and Maranta,  Plant Care

    Calathea Beauty Star

    Welcome to our calathea beauty star care guide. The key to getting the best out of it is to keep their environment constant and humid… Calathea Beauty Star Care Summary Light needs: Bright indirect sunlight. Watering needs: Let the top 50% of soil dry out, before watering again, check weekly. Fertilizer: Use a balanced general fertilizer in the hotter growing months. Soil: 1 part perlite to 3 parts compost. Humidity: 50% or more. Temperature: 17-30°C (63-86°F). Where to buy: Try our list of Rare Plant Shops. Common issues: Leaf curling due to low water or humidity levels. Introduction This is a great looking houseplant, and as long as you pay…

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  • Calathea Rufibarba
    Calathea and Maranta,  Plant Care

    Calathea Rufibarba

    Calathea Rufibarba like to be fairly humid and do not like to be root bound, find out below how to get the best out of your plant… Calathea Rufibarba Summary Light needs: Plenty of bright but indirect sunlight. Watering needs: Check weekly in winter, twice weekly in summer, water if the top 25% is dry. Fertilizer: Use an NPK 3:1:2 feed once a month in the summer months.  Soil: Rich, well draining compost with some perlite for drainage. Humidity: 50%-60%. Temperature: 18-27°C (65-80°F).  Where to buy: Try our list of Rare Plant Shops. Common issues: Underwatering and lack of humidity. Introduction The calathea rufibarba is a really nice calathea with long…

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