Calathea plants are native to Africa, the West Indies, and Central and South America. All are treasured for their large, oval, distinctly patterned, and vibrantly coloured leaves. The beautiful striped leaves grow at the end of long stems and require quite a bit of care to stay looking good. Indoors, a calathea plant rarely grows larger than about 2ft. wide and 2ft. tall. This plant requires high humidity to keep its leaves from getting brown edges. A calathea is not an easy-care plant, but like many unusual houseplants, well worth the effort.
LIGHT CONDITIONS: Calathea houseplants do best in bright indirect light, but no direct sun. Direct sun will burn the leaves and causes the vibrant colours to fade.
WATER CONDITIONS: The leaves of calathea plants are easily damaged by the quality of the water you use. Hard water or soft water, water with a high chemical content (fluorine, chlorine, or salt), water that has passed through a softener, or water of poor quality causes leaf tip burn. Use distilled water, rain water, or allow your tap water to sit out over night before using it. Calathea plants like moist but not soggy, soil at all times; never let the plant sit in water. Allow the top 2-3” of the soil to dry out before watering.
Please note, Sweetpea's works with locally grown plants and each of our potted arrangements are unique in their own way. The assortment shown is an example of the size, colour and varieties of plants available. Your potted arrangement will vary based on the time of year, potting options and budget you've selected.