Calathea Plant Care – How to Grow, Care and Maintain

If you’re looking for an easy to grow, beautiful houseplant I have the perfect plant for you! The Calathea is a beautiful plant that grows well in indirect plant and is easy to care for.

Calathea plant care tips

Was is a Calathea plant?

The Calathea plant is part of the Marantaceae family. This family of plants originated in the tropic parts of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. It’s a decorative plant know for the way the leaves fold up at night giving them the nickname, Prayer Plant.

There are a ton of different varieties of Calathea plants (like most plants!). Some of the most common types are:

  • Calathea veitchiana ‘Medallion’ (Medallion)
  • Calathea lancifolia (Rattlesnake )
  • Calathea concinna (Freddie)
  • Calathea ornata (Pinstripe)

The main type that you’ll see most places have beautiful dark green leaves with colorful markings. They can grow up to 3 feet tall and can be quite impressing!

calathea prayer plant

One interesting thing about Calathea leaves is that they are used for things like weaving baskets and wrapping food! This is typically done in more tropical areas such as Brazil.

As you care for your plant, take note of its daily movements which is known as nyctinasty. As mentioned above, this is what gives them the nickname as a Prayer Plant.

Light Needs

Calathea plants prefer medium to bright indirect to grow best. However, they can grow in low light.

These plants have sensitive leave and too much direct sunlight can be harmful. You’ll notice a dullness in the leaves if they are getting too much sun.


Calathea plants are tropical plants and do their best with high humidity. These are best kept in bathrooms or near a humidifier however they can adapt to less humid spaces.

Be careful that it doesn’t get too much water though! These plants like to be moist but not over watered.


You’ll want to water your Calathea about 1-2 weeks but you’ll want to check them frequently. One thing to note about watering is they prefer distilled water. But don’t worry about buying it! Simply leave a watering can out overnight to purify your water and neutralize it.

Don’t let your Calathea dry out! This will cause their leaves to get brown.


Calathea plants ideally don’t like to live in a place that gets below 60 degrees Fahrenheit and do best under 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Potting Medium

You’ll want to use a potting soil that is porous and well draining for your plant. This will help prevent root rot from forming. Root rot is very dangerous to plants as this can cause them to die.

Where to Buy Your Calathea

I hope you learned a thing or two about your new Calathea and are able to care for it in the best way!

Before you go to pot your new plant, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking the necessary steps to prepping your terracotta pot! Here are 3 things you must do when using a terracotta pot.

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