Calathea Cardiophylla

Description

Calathea cardiophylla is a species of Calathea found in (W.Bull) Regel (1879).

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Calathea Cardiophylla Care

Overview

Humidity
More than 70%
Light
Low
Soil
Mix soil
Temperature
15 - 24
Watering
Medium

Humidity

Humidity needs some attention with Calathea Cardiophylla. Misting helps, but you may also need to place the plant pot on a humidity tray with pebbles or increase the humidity with a humidifier.

Light

This gorgeous tropical prefers bright, but indirect light. This Calathea Cardiophylla variety is not adapted to growing in low light and direct sunlight will burn its leaves.

Soil

Use soil that holds moisture and drains well. A 2 part peat and 1 part sand or perlite mix will do the trick.

Temperature

Calathea Cardiophylla plants prefer temperatures between 65º-80ºF (18.3º-27.7ºC) , and don't do well in cold drafts or temperatures below 55º-60ºF (12.8º-15.6ºC). The leaves of a Calathea Cardiophylla plant curl when the temperature is too warm.

Watering

For best results, maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Calathea Cardiophylla moist, but not wet or soggy. This is not a drought-tolerant plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges.

Fertilizing

Standard liquid fertilizer, used every two weeks, during the growing period.

Propagation

These are propagated using the division method. Divide clumps of leaf stalks and leaves with roots when it's repotting time. To encourage new growth cover the plant and pot with polythene then once new growth appears remove the polythene.