Calathea musaica 'Network' is known as Goeppertia kegeljanii 'Network'.
Goeppertia kegeljanii is part of the Marantaceae family and its native range is Brazil (Espírito Santo). ‘Network’ is a product of a planned breeding programme in Holland by Adrianus Cornelis Dekker in 1995, the cultivar is patented as ‘PP0005’. Growth is upright and broad, leaves are ovate with a mosaic-like texture and pattern on the upper sides.
Pot: ø 14cm.
Height: Approximately 40cm from base of pot
Also available in other sizes, terracotta pot not included.
Light: Even if this plant doesn’t see the sun but receives indirect light all day, it will put out new growth, however, for optimum growth and pronounced variegation provide this plant with bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain.
Water: Given adequate light, keep the potting mix evenly moist. If the soil dries out too much, the plant will become limp, aerate the mix with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes. Over the next day or so, the leaves will perk up.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, a little bit of orchid bark and worm castings. Adding a small amount of sphagnum moss will help to retain moisture in the mix.
Humidity: Goeppertia prefer higher humidity (over 60%. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Goeppertia kegeljanii 'Network' 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.
What size does a Calathea Musaica grow to?
Calathea Musaica will only grow to a size of about 2 feet tall. How quickly your Calathea grows will depend on the conditions you provide it, but they tend to grow slowly regardless.
Why is it called Calathea Musaica?
'Musaic' is the archaic English form of 'Mosaic', Calathea Musaica was given this name in reference to its unique mosaic pattern on its leaves. Calathea exhibit many different leaf patterns, but this is the only one that takes such an interesting mosaic form.