How to Care For Your Calathea (AKA Prayer Plant)

How to Care For Your Calathea (AKA Prayer Plant)

Calathea plants, also known as prayer plants, are a popular choice among houseplant enthusiasts due to their beautiful, ornately patterned leaves. These tropical plants are native to South and Central America, and they get their nickname "prayer plant" from the way their leaves seem to fold together at night, as if in prayer.

While Calathea plants are often thought to be high maintenance, they are actually not as difficult to care for as many people believe. Here are some tips on how to keep your Calathea healthy and happy:

  • Light: Calathea plants prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight, as this can cause their leaves to fade or become burnt.

  • Water: Calathea plants like their soil to be evenly moist, but be careful not to overwater them. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again, and be sure to use a well-draining soil to prevent root rot. It is important to note that Calathea plants are sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals found in tap water. To keep your plant healthy, it is best to use filtered or distilled water.

  • Temperature: Calathea plants prefer warm, humid environments. Consider placing a humidifier near your plant or setting it on a tray filled with pebbles and water to increase humidity.

  • Fertilizer: Calathea plants benefit from regular fertilization during the growing season. Use a balanced, liquid fertilizer every couple of weeks, diluting it to half strength.

  • Repotting: Calathea plants will benefit from being repotted every couple of years, or when they outgrow their current pot. Use a well-draining soil mix and choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one.

Overall, Calathea plants are a beautiful and low-maintenance addition to any home. With the right care, they will thrive and bring a touch of the tropics to your space.

Back to blog
1 of 3

Featured collection