Gardening

Calathea: a very decorative plant


Calathea is a magnificent plant, with unique foliage, which is the delight of our interiors.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Calathea crocata, Mokoyana
Family : Marantaceae
Type : Houseplant

Height
: 0.8 to 1 m indoors
Exposure : Light
Ground : Soil

Foliage
: Persistent

Maintenance, repotting, watering or even exposure, are all small things that will make your calathea even more beautiful.

Planting calathea

Upon purchase, if the jar is too small, do not hesitate to repot the plant so that it can develop properly.

Then, every 2 to 3 years and preferably in the spring, repot your calathea in a jar of one slightly larger diameter.

  • The roots of the calathea dread excess water.
  • Make sure the pot is well drilled at the bottom.
  • Improve drainage by placing at the bottom of the pot a bed of gravel or clay balls to facilitate the flow of water.
  • A good soil is necessary.

The calathea, when it lives indoors, needs soil because it alone will provide it with nutritional elements which he needs.

Caring for the calathea

Remove them dead leaves As things progress.

This will stimulate the arrival of new shoots and will rejuvenate your plant.

For a beautiful growth, beautiful bloom and beautiful foliage, add somegreen plant fertilizer in spring and summer.

Calathea diseases:

Common diseases of houseplants, such asred spider and the cochineal.

In both cases, it is better to treat quickly.

Calathea exhibition

The best place to install your calathea is near a window But without direct sun. A light shade is even preferable.

It is therefore a plant that adapts well to a piece of water like the bathroom for example, even with a rather light light.

  • She dreads in fact theexcess light.
  • Avoid absolutely the proximity of a heat source as a radiator because this tropical plant needs a lot of humidity.
    The ideal temperature is around 20 °.

Watering the calathea

Regular but moderate watering is necessary.

  • Watering every 2 to 3 days is recommended.
  • Throughout the year and especially in summer, mist the foliage to recreate the humidity of its natural environment.

In spring and summer:

Keep the potting soil moist and old until the water flows properly.

Add liquid green plant fertilizer every 8 to 15 days or so during this growing period

  • Regularly spray the foliage with preferably non-hard water.

Calathea in winter:

Reduce watering so that you wait until the soil is dry on the surface between 2 waterings.

  • Stop adding liquid fertilizer.

Smart tip

A wonderful houseplant, the calathea may not withstand heavy exposure to the sun.


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