The houseplant Calathea is a joyous plant which symbolizes a new beginning. This comes from the English saying ‘to turn over a new leaf’ which is what the Calathea does in the dark. It closes its leaves at night and opens them again in the morning which is sometimes accompanied by a rustling sound, for this reason it is often called the ‘Living Plant’. It is considered a symbol of happiness and guardian of domestic bliss.
It is also known for its air purifying qualities which makes the Calathea a very healthy houseguest. The Calathea is ideal for removing toxins from the air, making a home healthier and more relaxing. The Calathea even likes to chill with you, enjoying your music, especially sound waves with low frequencies, random but true.
Plant Type Houseplant
An indoor Calathea plant rarely gets bigger than 24” tall and 24-26” wide.
Plant for thought
Consider a place in your home where you can reap the most benefit from its great air purifying qualities. It will thrive in a hall or frequently used parts of your home or office that is draught-free, a light spot in the shade or semi-shade (so indirect sunlight).
MINNIKIN packaging is not your Calathea’s ideal long-term home. Plant in a pot relative to the size of your Calathea. They grow well in a light well aired, indoor potting soil that retains water but still drains quickly.
Sun Exposure & Humidity
They like bright, indirect sunlight (semi-shaded). Too much direct sun burns their leaves and causes their beautiful leaves to fade. They can generally handle a range of temperatures but prefer 18-23C and they don’t like going under 15.5C. Avoid radiators. If the air becomes too dry, just spray them with some mist.
They like moist but not soggy soil. They don’t like sitting in water (most plants don’t). Give her a bit of water twice a week and a regular spray with water (misting). Allow the top 2”-3” of the soil to dry out before watering. If you really want your Calathea to thrive, avoid using hard, soft or chemical content water. If you don’t have rain or distilled water available (nor do you want to treat your plant to Evian), allow your tap water to sit out over night before using it or cool down kettle water. In summary, Calathea’s like wet and dry periods. Misting or wiping down the leaves with a damp cloth, or for their leaves to truly shine, occasionally wipe them with some olive oil.
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