Calathea Warscewiczii

Description

Calathea warscewiczii is a species of evergreen, perennial, herbaceous plant in the Marantaceae family, endemic to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It grows up to 0.5 to 1 meters high, by 0.5 to 1 meters wide, with patterned lanceoate leaves, and white cone-like inflorescences that fade to yellow or pink.

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Calathea Warscewiczii Care

Overview

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

Humidity

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Calathea Warscewiczii 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 Warscewiczii will do best in medium to low indirect light. Never allow your plant to receive direct sunlight, as the leaves will burn.

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

Room temperatures that average 65-75ºF (18-24ºC) and no lower than 60ºF (15ºC). Avoid drafts and sudden temperature changes.

Watering

For best results, maintain a regular watering schedule and keep your Calathea Warscewiczii moist, but not wet or saturated. This is not a drought tolerant indoor 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

Use a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength every month during spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary in the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

Propagation

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.