Calathea Picturata

Description

Calathea picturata is a species of plant in the family Marantaceae, native to northwest Brazil. It is a clump-forming evergreen perennial growing to 35–40 cm. The leaves are dark green above, purple below, marked heavily with silver along the veins and midriff.

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Calathea Picturata Care

Overview

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

Humidity

Humidity needs some attention with Calathea Picturata. 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

Your Calathea Picturata will do best in medium to bright indirect light. Never allow this plant to stand in the direct sunlight, the leaves will get sunburned!

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 Picturata 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 Picturata plant curl when the temperature is too warm.

Watering

During the growing season ( May - Aug) water frequently. Always keep the soil moist (not waterlogged). During the winter cut this down and only water when the top soil has become dry to the touch.

Fertilizing

Feed with a balanced liquid fertilizer every two weeks from April - October.

Propagation

Calathea Picturata plants are propagated by plant division.