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Calatheas are some of the best selling plants in our shop. It seems like the minute we get them back in stock, they are gone before we get to enjoy them (selling plants fast is one of our favorite problems to have). Calatheas are gorgeous tropical plants with stunning leaf patterns and as a bonus, they are low light, are great at purifying air, and they bloom!  Another cool thing about calatheas is that they close at night and open up again in the morning so when you see the leaves close up, do not be worried!


Calatheas come in few different varieties, all equally gorgeous but if we had to pick favorites, these would be the ones:


CALATHEA ORNATA - PINSTRIPE

Water & Light Plant Shop Calathea Pinstripe


CALATHEA MAKOYANA - PEACOCK

Water & Light Plant Shop Calathea Peacock


CALATHEA ORBIFOLIA - BOLIVIAN PRAYER PLANT

Water & Light Plant Shop Calathea Orbifolia


CALATHEA LANCIFOLIA - RATTLESNAKE

Water & Light Plant Shop Calathea Rattlesnake


CALATHEA ROSEOPICTA - MEDALLION

Water & Light Plant Shop Calathea Medallion



Calatheas can be a little tricky to take care of but we have some tips that will help you keep your calathea happy and healthy.



WATER

Being native to South American rainforest, calatheas prefer to stay moist but not wet or saturated. Do not let the plant dry out completely. Once the top two inches of the potting mix are dry, water your plant again. If possible use distilled water.


LIGHT

In the wild, calatheas grow in shady spots.  They do not tolerate direct sunlight and when exposed to it, their leaves turn brown. Indoors, find a medium- to low-light spot for your calathea.


HUMIDITY

These plants love humidity. If your apartment is dry try spraying the plant occasionally or getting a humidifier.


FERTILIZATION

It’s advised to fertilize calatheas during the growing season (Spring - Summer) with an all-purpose fertilizer.







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