Calathea leopardina is part of the Marantaceae family and is likely native to Brazil.
Pot size: 12cm
How do you care for Calathea leopardina?
Care for Calathea leopardina by protecting it from direct sun and keeping it in an environment with high humidity and warmth during the winter at a minimum of 10°C. Avoid placing it near any cold draughts. Keep this plant in a shady spot and away from any doors or windows. This plant’s compost should be moist at all times, water with tepid water but reduce the frequency in winter.
Should I mist my Calathea leopardina?
You should mist Calathea leopardina regularly to help recreate the humidity of its natural environment. You can also simulate humidity by placing it on a watered pebble tray or by keeping it close to other houseplants.
Will Calathea leopardina leaves uncurl?
Calathea leopardina leaves will uncurl if they are given the right conditions to thrive in. The leaves of a Calathea leopardina are very responsive and will curl into themselves if the plant is not being kept in the correct conditions. If the leaves of your plant are curled then you should check that they are in indirect sunlight, that the temperature of the room is consistently warm and that there is enough humidity in the room to emulate the plant’s native habitat.
Does Calathea leopardina need sunlight?
Calathea leopardina needs very little sunlight, in fact, it should be kept in a shady place to properly thrive. Like other rainforest plants, Calathea leopardina is used to growing in shady, humid rainforests, so prefers spots with indirect sunlight. Keep it in a space that receives ambient sunlight, but isn’t directly hit with it.
Does Calathea leopardina like to be root bound?
Calathea leopardina does not like to be root bound, for that reason you may have to repot your plant after two years. Repotting should take place in spring when the weather is warm and the plant can recover quickly from the process. When this happens you may find that you’ll need to separate your plant into two, make sure that you have enough free-draining potting mix for both pots.