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Part of a family of plants known as Marantaceae,Calatheas are well known for their broad, green, colourful leaves. It is the same broad leaves that help them absorb more sunlight, hence their preference to be indoors, or a shaded space where there is low light.
There are a number of species of calathea plants we are familiar with:
Calathea plants are also known commonly as cathedral plants, peacock plants, zebra plants, rattlesnake plants and prayer plants; The latter because their beautiful leaves open in the day time to catch sunlight and close up at night — as if in prayer — to channel water from the air into their stems.
How to care for your Calatheas
These beautiful plants are fairly easy to care for. The key with every plant is water, soil & light. Make sure you have well draining soil so that it doesn’t sit with soggy roots.
As always, under watering is better than overwatering. Stick your finger or a satay stick into the soil, and if it’s dry when you pull it out, it’s time to water.
One last thing... Every plant is different and unique and you’ll learn their little individual quirks. These tips are really a guideline for you, so do take some time to figure out what your plant likes. Group like-minded plants together so you tend to them at the same time ;)
Check out some of the Calatheas we’ve picked out this week for you!