Calathea: growing and care (INFOGRAPHICS)

Care

In summer, the most comfortable temperature for a calathe is 16-24 ° C, if the room temperature is higher, then the plant needs high humidity. Better if the winter temperature does not fall below 16 ° C. Otherwise, it is worth reducing the frequency of watering.

  • In general, Calathea is sensitive to temperature changes. Therefore, it is better not to place it near the doors and windows.
In the summer, the pot can be taken out into the street, but only on condition that the plant is reliably protected from wind and draft.
  • Like many tropical plants, Calathea loves a moist environment. The optimal indicator of air humidity is 60%.
  • The frequency of spraying - at least 3 times a week, both in summer and in winter. For these purposes, use soft water at room temperature. And even more calathe like wet and hot air in the bathroom. An exception should be made for species with velvety leaves, the required level of humidity in such cases is maintained by spraying water next to the plant.

You can also place water tanks next to the plant, which, as evaporation will produce the desired level of air humidity, or purchase a humidifier.

  • In addition to spraying, the leaves of Calathea should be regularly cleaned with a soft cloth, and even better with a brush, as they are easily damaged. Dried leaves are removed.
  • For Calathea, proper watering is very important. It should be watered as the substrate dries. At the same time the soil should be loose enough to eliminate the stagnation of moisture.
  • Top dressing is needed only during the growing season. Liquid organic fertilizer is applied 2-3 times a week.
Avoid fertilizers containing calcium and nitrogen, their surplus is detrimental to calathea.

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