Calathea ornata (Goeppertia ornata) is part of the Marantaceae family and is native to Columbia, Venezuela and other parts of South America. They have large dark glossy leaves with a magnificent pink stripe. This plant grows upright and you may notice it's leaves will close up at night and reopen in the morning.
Height: Approximately 50cm from base of pot approximately.
Pictured in Strauss pot & stand (15cm diameter), pot not included
How do you care for Calathea ornata?
Care for Calathea ornata by keeping it in a room at a moderate to warm temperature of between 18-23°C, and keep it out of draughts and cold air. You can feed it fertiliser every few waterings during growing season, making sure dilute the fertiliser to half the recommended dosage. Repot yearly to encourage growth.
Why are my Calathea leaves curling?
Calathea leaves may start to dry out and curl up if they are not given enough water. In order to maintain optimum health you should keep its soil moist during growing season and allow the soil to dry a little in winter. Over-watering could lead to the plant developing root rot and may also result in the leaves curling.
Should you mist Calathea?
You can mist your Calathea in order to keep it in a high humidity environment. You may find that your plant’s leaves begin to turn brown if it is kept in dry conditions. Achieve higher humidity by grouping plants together, misting, using a humidifier and placing your plant on a tray of watered pebbles.
Can Calathea grow in low light?
Calathea can grow in low lights. These plants do best in an indirectly lit spot, so they can handle some shade. Direct light, however, would bleach the leaves.
How do you revive a dying Calathea?
In the event your Calathea is dying after being uncared for a large stretch of time, it is possible to revive the plant by cutting the leaves of the bottom of its stems. Calathea is known for making comebacks, even after being neglected, doing this should encourage new growth.