Calathea orbifolia (Goeppertia orbifolia) is part of the Marantaceae family and is native to Bolivia. It has large rounded leaves with silver and green stripes. They can grow up to a metre in height and leaves 30cm across.


Pot: 10.5cm pot

Height: Approximately 30cm from base of pot.

Available in other sizes.


Ceramic pot not included.




How do you care for Calathea orbifolia?


Calathea orbifolia needs temperatures 18-23°C. Keep this plant out of draughts and cold air. These plants do best in an indirectly lit spot, they can handle some shade. Direct light would bleach the leaves. Calathea grow best in high humidity, dry conditions would lead to brown edges on leaves. Achieve higher humidity by grouping plants together, misting, using a humidifier and placing your plant on a tray of watered pebbles. Feed every few waterings during growing season, dilute fertiliser to half the recommended dosage. 


Why are Calathea orbifolia leaves turning yellow?


Your Calathea orbifolia’s leaves may be turning yellow due to the tap water that you are using to water it with. You can leave tap water to stand overnight to allow any treatment chemicals to evaporate overnight before watering your plant. Remove yellow leaves where necessary to keep your plant growing healthily. Wiping leaves occasionally with a damp cloth can also help to maintain health, do not use any chemicals or soap when doing this.  


How fast does Calathea orbifolia grow?


Calathea orbifolia, like other plants in the Calathea family, tends to grow fairly slowly. Like many other plants that grow in low light conditions, they will rarely grow to the point where they are spreading outside of their pot and won’t tend to grow above 2 feet in height. 


How do you water Calathea orbifolia?


Water Calathea orbifolia regularly, ensuring that its soil is moist during growing season, but allow the soil to dry a little between waterings in winter.


When should I repot Calathea orbifolia?


Repot Calathea orbifolia yearly to encourage growth and prevent the plant from becoming rootbound. Repotting an Orbifolia can be a stressful process for the plant, so be sure to only do so when necessary. When the time does come to repot, ensure that you use a similar potting mix and don’t press down too firmly when doing so. 


This plant is non-toxic.

Calathea orbifolia