Calathea Orbifolia Plant
The Calathea orbifolia is a lovely, elegant species with large, silvery striped foliage. It’s also one of the largest calatheas, with leaves that can grow to be more than a foot across.
Native to the rainforests of Bolivia, this species can be a bit more challenging to grow indoors because its large leaves can cause the plant to dry out quickly, becoming brown-tipped, without the proper environment. It’s essential to keep this plant’s soil moist but never soggy and provide it with a high-humidity environment (at least 50%). Ideally, it should be kept at a room temperature of around 70°F in a location that receives medium light and partial shade.
Calathea’s are truly a plant which appeal to all with their gorgeous patterning and coloration. The Ornata is a fairly easy variety to care for, and is well-suited to most homes and growers.
Calathea’s thrive in medium to bright indirect light. As with all types of Calathea, avoid lighting extremes, such as direct sun and dark corners. Direct sunlight can burn these plants, causing Calathea’s vibrant color to fade. Calathea’s in the wild are found growing on the floors of tropical rainforests. This environment can be mimicked in the home by placing the plant in a shaded area, or a spot which receives medium to bright indirect light.
Water and Soil
Calathea’s like to be kept evenly moist. These plants do not like their soil to dry out, and like most all plants, can experience root rot if their soil remains too wet or soggy. Calathea Ornata should be watered once the top most layer of soil becomes dry. Amending a standard well-draining potting soil with peat moss or coco coir will help to keep your plants roots evenly moist, while the addition of perlite will ensure that proper drainage and root aeration is provided.
Temperature and Humidity
This plant prefers room temperatures between 65 degrees F and 75 degrees F. Temperatures shouldn’t drop below 60 degrees as this could damage the foliage. Cold, drafty areas should be avoided. Calathea Ornata prefers moderate to high humidity levels. If your home is on the drier side, misting your Calathea a few times a week will provide humidity. Calathea’s tend to be happier and healthier in areas with higher humidity, so if you have a bathroom or kitchen with bright to medium indirect light, this may be the perfect spot for your Calathea.
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