Calathea indoor plants

Calathea Indoor Plants – Indoor foliage plants

Last Updated on August 30, 2021 by Paul Guzman

Calathea Indoor Plants are used for indoor decor. They are tropical plants but will do well indoors almost anywhere in the Southwest.  There are many species and the one below is the
Orbifolia Calathea.

Orbifolia Calathea

Calathea Indoor Plants

The Calathea Ornata

Calathea Indoor Plants
Calathea Sanderiana or Pinstripe Calathea


The Rattlesnake plant

Calathea Indoor Plants
The Rattlesnake plant – Calathea Indoor Plants

Calathea Zebra Plant

Garden with shrub leaves Calathea zebrina (zebra plant) family Marantaceae.


The Prayer Plant

Marantha Plant

The prayer plants will open their leaves during sunshine including artificial light and will close when the sun sets or the lights are turned off.

How to care for Calathea plants

These house plants love humidity so placing them close to a high humidity area is a good idea.   Water them about once or twice per week or let them slightly dry out before watering again.  It is important to note giving them more water does not mean more humidity.  If leaves start to turn yellow it means you are overwatering the plant.

Calathea Indoor Plants

Calatheas are part of the Marantaceae family also known as the “Prayer Plant”.  They like medium to indirect light but can be placed in low indirect light if needed.   You might want to purchase a humidifier to help with indoor humidity.

You can maximize humidity by putting a larger pot and fill in the gaps with stones and soil to keep in the moisture. Place them in the bath or shower room. Mist them with a handheld sprayer.  Do this every time you fertilize them.

Calathea plants do not like cold temperatures anything below 60° Fahrenheit and they will have a hard time looking good.  Do not place them in front of the A/C vent or an entrance door particularly if you live in areas where the winter seasons are long. Use good loamy potting soil/mix that will drain well in a container.

Pests and diseases.  Calathea plants are durable and are pest-free and disease-resistant.  But it is best to act quickly when you do see problems.  The best organic thing to do is to use Neem-oil for the treatment of diseases or insects.

You can also visit Wikipedia for more information on these great-looking foliage plants.

Learn more about indoor houseplants here – How to care for indoor plants

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