If you love houseplants, you have definitely stumbled upon a calathea. Whether it was in a garden center near you or scrolling through your Instagram feed, these incredible tropical foliage plants are just to die for visually. They captivate you with their bright, textured foliage that almost looks painted on. Because of their dazzling looks, these plants can have the “hard-to-care-for” stigma placed on them when the contrary is the truth! Knowing how to properly care for these beauties is the first step to become a crazy calathea expert.
Today we are going to discuss care and things to look out for when taking care of your new favorite houseplant.
The sun is a huge part of any houseplants’ life, however, calatheas are not so picky about the amounts that they get daily. Many calatheas, depending on the variety, are mid to low light plants. This makes them extremely accessible to most plant collectors as limited light is not a deal-breaker! Alternatively, if you have lots of light in your home, be wary of direct beams of sunlight shining through your windows as these can scorch the calathea leaves, leaving them with sunburn. A good rule of thumb to follow with lighting for calatheas is darker leaves don’t need as much light as bright ones do.
As tropical plants, humidity is a vital part of being a calathea. If spaces are too dry or too cold, your plant can be subject to illness and pests because it is just not happy that way! You wouldn’t put a polar bear in Florida, would you? (Not without air conditioning we hope). Humidity can be amended by creating a humidity tray from a tray of rocks and filling it with water or buy a humidifier for your plants and give them a spa day everyday.