Calathea Ornata Care
Like many tropical indoor plants, your Calathea Ornata prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown up, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for your Calathea Ornata because these areas tend to be more humid.
Your Calathea Ornata plant is a great low light plant and will do best in medium to low light. This gorgeous tropical plant doesn't like much sun on its leaves, so shield it from direct light to prevent scorching.
A peat based potting mix is required. 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite is one mixture that will be fine.
Calathea Ornata prefers average room temperatures between 60-80 degrees. It will not tolerate temperatures below 55 degrees. It is also sensitive to cold drafts or blowing heat during the winter months, so keep it away from windows and heaters for best results.
Maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Calathea Ornata 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.
For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer with iron every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter.
Propagation method for this species is by division. This is done when the plant has grown large enough to separate clumps of stems with roots. Until the new plant have new growth cover them with polythene to keep conditions warm and humid. Try to propagate when it's time for repotting.