Calathea Veitchiana

Description

Calathea veitchiana is a species of plant in the Marantaceae family. It is endemic to Ecuador. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

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Calathea Veitchiana Care

Overview

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

Humidity

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Calathea Veitchiana prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown up, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis, or use a pebble tray. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for this plant because these areas tend to be more humid.

Light

Your Calathea Veitchiana will do best in low to bright indirect light. Never allow this plant to receive direct sunlight-the foliage will burn.

Soil

Use a good light porous indoor potting soil that retains water but still drains quickly. African Violet soil works well.

Temperature

Average room temperatures of 65-75ºF (18-24ºC) are best, and no lower than 60ºF (15ºC). Sudden temperature drops and cold drafts should be avoided.

Watering

For best results, maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Calathea Veitchiana 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 with a balanced liquid fertilizer every two weeks from April - October.

Propagation

Calathea Veitchiana plants are propagated by plant division.