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HousePlant Identification: Calathea HousePlant
I need help identifying this plant so I know how to take care of it, not doing a great job of that now, the only thing I’ve learned is that it needs lots of water.
Your houseplant is a Calathea Plant (Roseo Picta variety). Here are some care instructions for it.
Light: A Calathea Plant likes bright indirect light; so placing it in front of an east, west, or north window is ideal. Too much direct sun burns the leaves of a Calathea Plant and causes the beautiful leaf colors to fade.
Water: Calathea Plants are very sensitive to the water you use. Hard water, soft water, fluoridated water, or water of poor quality causes the leaves of a Calathea Plant to turn brown from leaf burn. The best way to water a Calathea Plant is to use distilled water, rain water, or allow your tap water to sit out over night before using it. Keep the soil of a Calathea Plant moist but never soggy. Allow the top 2-3” to dry out before watering. Never let a Calathea Plant sit in water.
Plant Food: Fertilize a Calathea Plant monthly in the spring, summer, and fall with a basic houseplant food at ½ the recommended strength. Don’t fertilize a Calathea Plant if it is not growing.
Temperature: Calathea Plants like temperatures between 65-80 degrees, and do not like cold drafts or temperatures below 55-60 degrees. Hot temperatures cause the leaves of a Calathea Plant to curl.
Humidity: High humidity is a must for a Calathea Plant. A Calathea Plant gets brown leaf edges when the air is too dry. Humidity can be increased by placing your Calathea Plant on a tray of wet pebbles (be sure the pot is on the pebbles and not in the water), setting a humidifier close by, or by grouping plants together to create a greenhouse effect.
Flowering: The leaves of a Calathea Plant are more beautiful than many of the flowers on other indoor plants. With over 300 types of Calathea Plants, some varieties, such as Calathea Crocata, White Ice, and Brazilian have lovely flowers as well as spectacular leaves.