Calathea are gorgeous houseplants, but they need a little extra love and tenderness. If you give them the optimal conditions, they will be your best friends. Or maybe just really good friends!
Here is a list of some care tips that have worked for me:
~Use filtered, distilled or rainwater when watering and misting.
~Mist only in the morning as this is when the stomata are open. Misting at night will encourage fungus.
~Add humidity to the air if you live in a dry climate, or use air conditioning.
~To add humidity, group plants together, place plants on a water/pebble tray or use humidifiers.
~Water Calatheas when the soil is partially dry.
~Use a moisture meter if you are having a difficult time determining when to water.
~Calathea love medium to bright filtered light, but will live in low light as well.
~Optimal temperatures are around 65-85 degrees.
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