Calathea Libbyana

Description

Calathea libbyana is a species of plant in the Marantaceae family. It is endemic to Ecuador. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

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Calathea Libbyana Care

Overview

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

Humidity

Ensuring that the air is not too dry will allow the leaves to thrive, therefore using humidifiers or pebble trays can help to maintain levels of humidity. Misting the leaves daily during summer is also advised.

Light

Like many plants, the Calathea Libbyana enjoys bright light without direct sunlight. North, east or west facing rooms are suitable.

Soil

A peat based potting mix will be required. 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite is one mixture that will be fine.

Temperature

Calathea Libbyana 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 Libbyana plant curl when the temperature is too warm.

Watering

Water the Calathea Libbyana enough to keep it moist, but not wet or saturated as yellowing may occur on the leaves. During May-August, water more frequently to keep the soil damp, but never waterlogged. In the winter, only water when the topsoil becomes dry to the touch. Extended periods of dryness can result in leaves curling and brown leaf tips or edges. Overwatering causes the plant to wilt, and wilted plants recover slowly.

Fertilizing

Feed every couple of weeks with a diluted balanced fertilizer. Only during the growing season from April - October.

Propagation

Propagate (division) in late June. The new plants need to have some leaves and sturdy roots. Plant 5-8cm deep, keep the soil moist and temperature around 18º C.