Calathea musaica is part of the Marantaceae family and hails from Brazil. Upper-sides of leaves are covered in a mosaic-like pattern. Calathea are known for their air-purifying abilities.
Height: Approximately 40cm from base of pot
Also available in 17cm pot, approximately 60cm in height from base of pot.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Ideally 18-26°C, keep out of draughts.
Light: Filtered sunlight, semi-shade and periods of full shade.
Watering: Keep potting mix moist, reduce watering in winter.
Air humidity: Moderate to high humidity. Higher humidity can be achieved by grouping plants together, misting, using a humidifier and placing the plant on a watered pebble tray.
Fertiliser: Feed with a balanced liquid houseplant fertiliser; water with fertiliser every month from March-September and every 8-10 weeks in autumn and winter. Dilute fertiliser to have the recommended dosage.
This plant is non-toxic.
How do you care for Calathea Musaica (Network)?
Care for your Calathea Musaica by keeping it away from any hot or cold drafts. Store it in temperatures between 15 and 21ºC and no lower than 10ºC. Feed your Calathea with liquid fertiliser with every 2-3 waterings throughout the growing season.
Calathea Musaica like all Calatheas love soil that remains slightly moist at all times. They prefer bright, filtered light but avoid harsh, direct sunlight at all costs. This will scorch their leaves.
How do I repot Calathea Musaica (Network)?
Re-pot your Calathea Musaica in spring or early summer when it is in active growing season.
Use a fast draining soil mix consisting of one part normal potting soil, two parts coir soil and two parts perlite.
Take care not to re-pot into a pot too big for your plant. Only go up 1-2 pot sizes maximum.
Make sure there is adequate drainage for your Calathea Musaica, eg, holes in the bottom of new pot.
Why are my Calathea Musaica (Network) leaves turning yellow?
Your Calathea Musaica (Network) leaves could be turning yellow due to moisture stress, caused by either over or under-watering. Calathea like to stay moist but not wet so check the soil before waterings. A good way to check is to place your finger 1-2" below the soil to test for moisture before you water. Always ensure there is adequate drainage for your Calathea and it is never left sitting in water for prolonged periods of time.
Are Calatheas Aroids?
No, Calatheas are not aroids. Aroids are plants from the Araceae family. Examples of Aroids are Philodendron, Anthurium and Zamioculcas plants. They are defined by a 'flower' called a spadix usually enclosed in a spathe.
Calathea is a genus of plant belong to the family Marantaceae, which is a species of flowering plants native to the tropical Americas.
Why is my Calathea Musaica (Network) plant dying?
Your Calathea Musaica plant may be dying due to too little or too much light or water. They prefer a spot that gets bright, in-direct light, so keep away from direct sun. Calathea like soil to be kept slightly moist but not wet, so try not to over or under-water. Calathea also prefer high humidity, so keep humidity levels up by grouping your plants together, or invest in a humidifier.
How often should you water Calathea?
You should water your Calathea when the soil becomes dry to touch. Check the soil by place your finger 1-2" below the soil to test for moisture before you water. If the soil is dry then your Calathea will need watering. Reduce watering in winter and try to use soft tepid water when watering your Calathea.
Should you mist a Calathea Musaica (Network)?
Yes, you should mist a Calathea Musaica 'Network' as this will help to increase humidity. Calathea Musaica dislike dry air so misting will increase the humidity levels and prevent the plant from developing dry leaves and suffering leaf loss. You can mist your Calathea every few days. As well as misting you can place your Calathea Musaica on a tray of watered pebbles to increase humidity or group all your plants together.
Does Calathea Musaica (Network) need sunlight?
Like all plants, Calathea Musaica need sunlight to thrive. They prefer bright, filtered light but avoid harsh, direct sunlight at all costs as they will scorch their leaves and remove colourings.