When we talk about growing plants, there are a number of things that we have to think about such as light requirements, watering needs, humidity, soil, and some more. If you want to grow Calathea Ornata Pinstripe, you also have to think about them. Below, you are able to read several things about caring for Calathea Ornata.
All of Calatheas plants love humidity. So, if you are a person who likes watering your plants, having this plant at your home is a good option. However, even though this plant can take a lot of water, you have to make sure that you remove the excess water when you are watering it. As explained on the Plant Care For Beginners, it can be done in two ways.
- You are able to plant the Calathea Ornata in the plastic nursery pot it came in and then put that in the decorative pot.
- Let’s say that you have a closed off pot. If so, you can tilt the plant sideways and let any excess water escape.
You have to do this because even though this plant likes to be moist, it does not like having a puddle of water and it can cause root rot and as a result, it may kill the plant.
Watering this plant can be done when the soil begins to dry out. In the summer, this plant must be watered every week or every two weeks, depending on how dry the soil is. In the winter, it should be watered every two weeks to four weeks, depending on how dry the soil is.
As explained earlier, this plant likes to be in moist soil. So, you have to grow this plant in a soil that retains a lot of water so that it is able to sit in moist soil for a long time and you do not need to water this plant often. What do we have to do if we cannot find soil designed to retain water? If so, you just have to water the plant more often so that it can keep the soil moist. The soil must be moist most of the time so that you have to make sure that you get soil that can breathe when it is moist. Make sure to avoid heavy and compact soil because it will not let any air go to the roots. Instead, you have to choose soil with bigger chunks and moss so that it can hold water and lets air through.
Since Calatheas are tropical plants, so they need bright indirect sunlight throughout the day. You can keep them close to a south facing window with a thin curtain or some shade. If you only have a west facing window, it can also be good. As explained on the Plant Care For Beginners, if it gets direct sunlight for too long, the detailed leaves will begin to fade. So, you can put it under indirect sunlight for most of the day.
Earlier, it was explained that this plant likes being in moist soil. So, this plant needs a lot of humidity. Do you have a humidifier? If yes, you are able to keep it close by and you have to make sure that your calathea plant is in a humid environment.
This plant likes warm temperatures around 65 to 85° F or 18 to 29 °C. You have to make sure that your indoor temperatures drop no lower than 60° F or 15.5°C. You also have to pay attention to where you put your plant.
As explained on the Smart Garden Guide that all houseplants, especially tropical plants, are susceptible to problems which are caused by cold drafts or other sudden swings in temperature. If you put it near the window, draft may be more common so that it is important for you to watch your plant carefully for any signs of change. You also have to move your plant to a new location as needed.
In the Smart Garden Guide, it is explained that in terms of fertilizing, calathea plants are relatively low-maintenance. However, you can do benefit from a good general houseplant fertilizer every four weeks or so. It is important especially during the spring and summer where the plants naturally grow more. In winter, you do not have to fertilize the plant often because the plant naturally drops off in growth when the colder weather approaches.
You are able to fertilize the plant if it is actively growing. If you find that it is dormant, it is better for you not to give fertilizer too much because it can burn the plant and prevent it from exiting its dormant stage.
If you want to give fertilizer to your calathea, you can choose a balanced fertilizer to support its growth. Make sure that you do not over fertilize because your plant will be tall and lanky where it is not lush and verdant. You only have to feed it when it is growing.
When you give fertilizer, you can dilute liquid fertilizer to half strength or you are able to use an organic fertilizer such as compost tea.
Diseases and Pests
You may wonder whether this plant can have diseases and pests. Well, this plant is relatively hardy, but sometimes it can have diseases and pests. Scale, mealy bug, spider mites, and aphids are the most common pests which attack this plant. Bacterial and fungal growth are common diseases in this plant, but you can prevent it by paying attention to airflow and moisture.
If you find spider mites in your calathea plants, you can spray the leaves of the plants with a quick blast from a garden hose or your shower head. It is because spider mites can suck sap from leaves and it can make the leaves die and fall off and even kill your plant. If you want, you can also coat the leaves with neem oil, a natural pesticide that can kill the mites when they contact with the leaves.
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Besides being beautiful as a home decoration, a Calathea plant can also be useful for filtering the air so that the house stays healthy and fresh.