Botanical Name: Calathea Orbifolia
Common Name: Calathea Orbifolia
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Calatheas are a popular choice because they’re just so beautiful to look at. The Orbifolia variety is particularly one of the most sought after. Big, almost round foliage with light green leaves with thin blueish-green pinstripes. Magnificent and understated at the same time. For quick and brightly-toned new growth, getting the right light and water conditions is the challenge.
Calathea will grow a bit up and a bit out and a bit down -- 40-60cm (16-25in) is the standard maximum size expectation. Usually available in 10-15cm (4-8in) pots, they make excellent table-top and side table plants.
Low to bright indirect light; bright indirect light (diffused through sheer curtains, grandma-style) works best. Calathea don’t like direct light (few plants actually do) and will develop brown spots if placed in too bright a spot. They’ll be just fine in dim corners, but low light will limit colour variegation in new leaves; to keep the colours popping, a fairly bright spot several steps from a window is ideal.
Apart from light, one of the more challenging aspects of caring for this calathea is hitting the sweet spot for watering. Your best bet is to water in small doses at frequent intervals; calathea don’t like to be dry but hate being overwatered. They like to be kept moist, but not wet or saturated. Simple right? Try letting your water sit overnight to lower any chemicals if you notice tip or edge burn.
Any high-quality potting mix will work. Drainage is important to avoid root rot, so look for drainage holes when selecting the ideal pot, or plan to keep it in it's growers container if you choose a decorative pot.
*According to the ASPCA
Calathea Orbifolia 6"
This Calathea Orbifolia comes in a 6" plastic growers pot.
*All plants vary, and may not be exactly as pictured.