Calathea Petersenii

Description

Calathea petersenii 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 Petersenii Care

Overview

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

Humidity

High humidity is a must! A Calathea Petersenii plant gets brown leaf edges when the air is too dry. Humidity can be increased by placing your plant on a tray of wet pebbles (be sure the pot is on the pebbles and not in the water), setting a humidifier close by, or by grouping plants together to create a greenhouse effect.

Light

Indirect sunlight is best suited for this species. Direct sun will damage the leaves and low light will slow growth, so a bit of balance is required.

Soil

Grow well in a light, porous, indoor potting soil that retains water but still drains quickly; an African Violet soil mixture is a good choice.

Temperature

Your Calathea Petersenii enjoys the warmth, preferably between 65-85 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

Watering

For best results, maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Calathea Petersenii 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

Feed only during the growing season from April - October with a diluted liquid feed once every 2 weeks.

Propagation

Divide the parent plant at repotting time. This involves removing the plant from the pot and separating the stems for each new plant you wish to create. Water the plants after repotting, then give time between watering to prevent problems, now wait for new growth.