Calathea Care Guide

Calathea Care Guide
**Light:** Calatheas thrive in bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch their leaves. Place them near a window with filtered sunlight or in a well-lit room.

**Watering:** Monitor soil moisture using a moisture meter. Water the Calathea when the meter indicates that the top two inches of soil are dry. The frequency of watering depends on the plant's location; plants in brighter, warmer areas may need more frequent watering than those in lower light or cooler spots.

**Humidity:** Calatheas prefer high humidity. Mist the leaves regularly or place the plant on a pebble tray filled with water to increase humidity. Avoid placing near drafts or heating/cooling vents.

**Temperature:** Maintain temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Protect from cold drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations.

**Soil:** Plant in well-draining, peat-based soil to retain moisture without becoming waterlogged. Repot every 1-2 years in spring if the plant outgrows its container.

**Fertilization:** Feed monthly during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength. Avoid fertilizing in winter when growth slows.

**Pruning:** Trim brown or yellowing leaves regularly to encourage new growth. Use clean, sharp scissors to prevent damage to the plant.

**Pests:** Keep an eye out for pests such as spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

**Propagation:** Calatheas can be propagated through division during repotting. Carefully separate the plant into smaller sections, ensuring each division has healthy roots and foliage.

**Additional Tips:**
- Rotate the plant occasionally to ensure even growth.
- Use distilled or filtered water to prevent mineral buildup in the soil.
- Avoid sudden changes in light, temperature, or humidity, as Calatheas are sensitive to environmental fluctuations.