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Triostar Calathea

Triostar Calathea

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Size Approx: 12cm pot | 35cm Height

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Calathea Triostar Plant Care Guide

Calatheas are beautiful and vibrant houseplants known for their striking foliage. With their unique patterns and colours, they can be a stunning addition to any indoor space. However, they do require specific care to thrive. Here is a comprehensive guide to help you keep your Calathea healthy and vibrant.

Light

Calatheas thrive in medium to bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves and fade their vibrant colours. A spot near a north or east-facing window is ideal. If the light is too low, the plant may lose its markings.

Watering

Calatheas prefer consistently moist soil but do not like to sit in water. Water your Calathea when the top inch of soil feels dry. Use room temperature, filtered, or distilled water to avoid fluoride and chlorine, which can damage the plant. Ensure that the pot has good drainage to prevent waterlogging.

Humidity

High humidity is crucial for Calatheas. Aim for a humidity level of 50% or higher. You can increase humidity by:

  • Using a humidifier.
  • Placing a tray of water with pebbles near the plant.
  • Grouping plants together to create a microclimate.
  • Misting the leaves regularly with distilled water.

Temperature

Calatheas prefer warm temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Keep them away from drafts, air conditioning vents, and sudden temperature changes, which can cause stress and damage the plant.

Soil

A well-draining, peat-based potting mix is ideal for Calatheas. You can use a mix designed for African violets or create your own by combining regular potting soil with perlite and peat moss.

Fertilizing

Feed your Calathea with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid over-fertilizing, which can cause leaf burn and damage the roots.

Pruning

Regularly remove any yellow or brown leaves to maintain the plant’s appearance and health. Trim the edges of leaves if they become crispy due to low humidity.

Repotting

Repot your Calathea every 1-2 years or when it becomes root-bound. Choose a pot that is one size larger than the current one and refresh the soil to provide new nutrients.

Common Problems and Solutions

  • Leaf Curling: This can be caused by underwatering, low humidity, or temperature stress. Ensure consistent watering, increase humidity, and keep the plant in a stable environment.
  • Yellow Leaves: Often a sign of overwatering or poor drainage. Check the soil moisture and adjust your watering routine.
  • Brown Leaf Edges: Usually a sign of low humidity or water quality issues. Increase humidity and use filtered or distilled water.
  • Pests: Calatheas can be prone to spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Regularly inspect your plant and treat infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Propagation

Calatheas can be propagated by division. The best time to divide your plant is during repotting in the spring. Gently separate the roots and replant the divisions in their own pots with fresh soil.

Special Tips

  • Rotate your Calathea regularly to ensure even growth and light exposure.
  • Clean the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep the plant looking vibrant.
  • Be patient with your Calathea as it adapts to your home environment; some initial leaf drop or browning is normal.

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